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Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell

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Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell Position

Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell is currently in the constellation of Aquarius. The current Right Ascension is 23h 16m 10s and the Declination is -03° 34’ 30”.

23h 16m 10s
-03° 34’ 30”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell in Aquarius on March, 29 2020
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 23h 16m 10s
Dec: -03° 34’ 30”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell
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Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell Distance

The distance of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell from Earth is currently 781,876,151 kilometers, equivalent to 5.226519 Astronomical Units. Light takes 43 minutes and 28.0581 seconds to travel from Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell and arrive to us.

43 minutes and 28.0581 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Distance of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

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

Closest approach of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell to Earth happens on Wed Jan 28 2037 at a distance of 0.87840329 Astronomical Units, or 131,407,263 kilometers:

Wed Jan 28 2037

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell is 26.24.


The observed magnitude and coma diameter values are derived from the Comet Observers Database by averaging the values reported in recent observations (more recent than 4 days), when available. The Estimated Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of comets. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Estimated Magnitude as a directional indication. We acknowledge with thanks the comet observations from the COBS Comet Observation Database contributed by observers worldwide and used in this table to report recent comet observations.

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 2100

Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

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

Azimuth: 93.6°
Max altitude: 34.9°
Azimuth: 266.4°
Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

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

Visualization of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell Orbit

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 15 Days 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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Mar 22 23h 09m 20s -04° 24’ 15” 26.33 Aquarius
2020 Mar 23 23h 10m 14s -04° 17’ 38” 26.32 Aquarius
2020 Mar 24 23h 11m 09s -04° 10’ 59” 26.31 Aquarius
2020 Mar 25 23h 12m 05s -04° 04’ 19” 26.30 Aquarius
2020 Mar 26 23h 13m 00s -03° 57’ 39” 26.28 Aquarius
2020 Mar 27 23h 13m 54s -03° 51’ 00” 26.27 Aquarius
2020 Mar 28 23h 14m 49s -03° 44’ 20” 26.26 Aquarius
2020 Mar 29 23h 15m 44s -03° 37’ 38” 26.24 Aquarius
2020 Mar 30 23h 16m 38s -03° 30’ 57” 26.23 Aquarius
2020 Mar 31 23h 17m 34s -03° 24’ 16” 26.22 Aquarius
2020 Apr 01 23h 18m 28s -03° 17’ 35” 26.21 Pisces
2020 Apr 02 23h 19m 23s -03° 10’ 54” 26.19 Pisces
2020 Apr 03 23h 20m 17s -03° 04’ 14” 26.18 Pisces
2020 Apr 04 23h 21m 11s -02° 57’ 32” 26.16 Pisces