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Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell

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Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.

More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell in Capricornus on January, 22 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
20h 09m 05s
-25° 45’ 02”
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 115.8°
Max altitude: 12.8°
Azimuth: 244.2°

Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell and the planets along their orbits in this diagram accurately represents the current configuration of the objects in the Solar System. This is an experimental feature and it requires a WebGL enabled browser. Please provide us feedback!

Orbit Diagram of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell
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Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Jan 15 29.93 20h 03m 30s -26° 03’ 32” Sagittarius
2018 Jan 16 29.93 20h 04m 18s -26° 00’ 54” Sagittarius
2018 Jan 17 29.93 20h 05m 06s -25° 58’ 15” Sagittarius
2018 Jan 18 29.93 20h 05m 53s -25° 55’ 36” Sagittarius
2018 Jan 19 29.93 20h 06m 42s -25° 52’ 59” Sagittarius
2018 Jan 20 29.93 20h 07m 29s -25° 50’ 20” Sagittarius
2018 Jan 21 29.93 20h 08m 17s -25° 47’ 42” Capricornus
2018 Jan 22 29.92 20h 09m 05s -25° 45’ 02” Capricornus
2018 Jan 23 29.92 20h 09m 51s -25° 42’ 24” Capricornus
2018 Jan 24 29.92 20h 10m 40s -25° 39’ 46” Capricornus
2018 Jan 25 29.92 20h 11m 26s -25° 37’ 06” Capricornus
2018 Jan 26 29.92 20h 12m 15s -25° 34’ 27” Capricornus
2018 Jan 27 29.92 20h 13m 01s -25° 31’ 49” Capricornus
2018 Jan 28 29.92 20h 13m 49s -25° 29’ 09” Capricornus

Distance of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval.

The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 52P/Harrington-Abell is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell, according to the most recent ephemerides data. Magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval and there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. For comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of their highly dynamic behaviour.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell at epoch 19 November 2014 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456981.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.54038911
Orbit inclination i 10.23159989°
Perihelion distance q 1.77310973 AU
265,253,441 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.94258966 AU
888,998,761 km
Semi-major axis a 3.85784970 AU
577,126,101 km
Orbital period period 7.5800 years
2,767.6832 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-Mar-07 11:58:10
2,456,723.9987 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Oct-04 04:22
2,459,491.6820 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 139.59844231276°
Longitude of the ascending node node 336.85163748745°
Mean anomaly M 33.493882136042°
Mean motion n 0.13007269°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2037-Jan-28
Distance of closest approach* 0.87840324 AU
131,407,255 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.