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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 December, 11 2018
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
20h 39m 28s
-22° 09’ 43”

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: 112.2°
Max altitude: 16.3°
Azimuth: 247.8°

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
2018 Dec 04 20h 34m 41s -22° 34’ 27” 29.23 Capricornus
2018 Dec 05 20h 35m 17s -22° 31’ 27” 29.23 Capricornus
2018 Dec 06 20h 35m 52s -22° 28’ 23” 29.23 Capricornus
2018 Dec 07 20h 36m 27s -22° 25’ 19” 29.24 Capricornus
2018 Dec 08 20h 37m 01s -22° 22’ 14” 29.24 Capricornus
2018 Dec 09 20h 37m 37s -22° 19’ 09” 29.24 Capricornus
2018 Dec 10 20h 38m 14s -22° 16’ 00” 29.24 Capricornus
2018 Dec 11 20h 38m 52s -22° 12’ 51” 29.24 Capricornus
2018 Dec 12 20h 39m 29s -22° 09’ 41” 29.24 Capricornus
2018 Dec 13 20h 40m 05s -22° 06’ 28” 29.24 Capricornus
2018 Dec 14 20h 40m 44s -22° 03’ 15” 29.24 Capricornus
2018 Dec 15 20h 41m 21s -22° 00’ 00” 29.24 Capricornus
2018 Dec 16 20h 42m 01s -21° 56’ 44” 29.24 Capricornus
2018 Dec 17 20h 42m 39s -21° 53’ 26” 29.24 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.