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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 Aquarius on April, 21 2019
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
22h 12m 35s
-13° 55’ 47”

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 behvior 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.

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 Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 104.0°
Max altitude: 24.6°
Azimuth: 256.1°

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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Apr 14 22h 08m 16s -14° 20’ 53” 28.71 Aquarius
2019 Apr 15 22h 08m 51s -14° 17’ 34” 28.70 Aquarius
2019 Apr 16 22h 09m 24s -14° 14’ 16” 28.69 Aquarius
2019 Apr 17 22h 09m 59s -14° 10’ 59” 28.68 Aquarius
2019 Apr 18 22h 10m 32s -14° 07’ 45” 28.67 Aquarius
2019 Apr 19 22h 11m 04s -14° 04’ 33” 28.66 Aquarius
2019 Apr 20 22h 11m 38s -14° 01’ 23” 28.65 Aquarius
2019 Apr 21 22h 12m 10s -13° 58’ 14” 28.64 Aquarius
2019 Apr 22 22h 12m 42s -13° 55’ 09” 28.63 Aquarius
2019 Apr 23 22h 13m 14s -13° 52’ 05” 28.62 Aquarius
2019 Apr 24 22h 13m 45s -13° 49’ 04” 28.61 Aquarius
2019 Apr 25 22h 14m 15s -13° 46’ 05” 28.60 Aquarius
2019 Apr 26 22h 14m 44s -13° 43’ 06” 28.59 Aquarius
2019 Apr 27 22h 15m 15s -13° 40’ 11” 28.58 Aquarius

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 2100

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 2100

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 2100-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.