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Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell

Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell is currently in the constellation of Aries. The current Right Ascension of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell is 02h 59m 56s and the Declination is +24° 06’ 09” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell is 19.21 (JPL).

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02h 59m 56s
+24° 06’ 09”

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Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Map showing Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell in Aries on May, 08 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell in Aries on May, 08 2021
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 02h 59m 56s
Dec: +24° 06’ 09”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell from Earth is currently 484,522,470 kilometers, equivalent to 3.238833 Astronomical Units. Light takes 26 minutes and 56.1930 seconds to travel from Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell and arrive to us.

26 minutes and 56.1930 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 0.878402 Astronomical Units, or 131,407,140 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 19.21.


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: 65.9°
Max altitude: 62.7°
Azimuth: 294.2°

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 31 May 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455348.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.53961708
Orbit inclination i 10.22565163°
Perihelion distance q 1.77570084 AU
265,641,065 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.93831609 AU
888,359,445 km
Semi-major axis a 3.85700846 AU
577,000,255 km
Orbital period period 7.5800 years
2,766.7780 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-Mar-09 02:38:26
2,456,725.6100 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Oct-04 21:18
2,459,492.3880 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 139.67099365907°
Longitude of the ascending node node 336.86866940133°
Mean anomaly M 180.81699048996°
Mean motion n 0.13011525°/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
2021 May 01 02h 44m 47s +23° 00’ 15” 19.41 Aries
2021 May 02 02h 46m 54s +23° 09’ 47” 19.38 Aries
2021 May 03 02h 49m 02s +23° 19’ 17” 19.35 Aries
2021 May 04 02h 51m 11s +23° 28’ 42” 19.32 Aries
2021 May 05 02h 53m 21s +23° 38’ 07” 19.30 Aries
2021 May 06 02h 55m 31s +23° 47’ 26” 19.27 Aries
2021 May 07 02h 57m 41s +23° 56’ 44” 19.24 Aries
2021 May 08 02h 59m 53s +24° 05’ 57” 19.21 Aries
2021 May 09 03h 02m 04s +24° 15’ 09” 19.19 Aries
2021 May 10 03h 04m 18s +24° 24’ 15” 19.16 Aries
2021 May 11 03h 06m 30s +24° 33’ 19” 19.13 Aries
2021 May 12 03h 08m 44s +24° 42’ 17” 19.10 Aries
2021 May 13 03h 10m 59s +24° 51’ 14” 19.07 Aries
2021 May 14 03h 13m 15s +25° 00’ 05” 19.05 Aries