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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 July, 21 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
20h 51m 28s
-24° 05’ 53”
 = 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: 114.1°
Max altitude: 14.4°
Azimuth: 245.9°

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 Jul 14 29.02 20h 55m 31s -23° 51’ 35” Capricornus
2018 Jul 15 29.01 20h 54m 56s -23° 53’ 39” Capricornus
2018 Jul 16 29.01 20h 54m 23s -23° 55’ 44” Capricornus
2018 Jul 17 29.00 20h 53m 48s -23° 57’ 47” Capricornus
2018 Jul 18 29.00 20h 53m 13s -23° 59’ 48” Capricornus
2018 Jul 19 29.00 20h 52m 39s -24° 01’ 50” Capricornus
2018 Jul 20 28.99 20h 52m 04s -24° 03’ 52” Capricornus
2018 Jul 21 28.99 20h 51m 28s -24° 05’ 53” Capricornus
2018 Jul 22 28.99 20h 50m 52s -24° 07’ 51” Capricornus
2018 Jul 23 28.98 20h 50m 16s -24° 09’ 50” Capricornus
2018 Jul 24 28.98 20h 49m 40s -24° 11’ 47” Capricornus
2018 Jul 25 28.98 20h 49m 04s -24° 13’ 42” Capricornus
2018 Jul 26 28.97 20h 48m 27s -24° 15’ 38” Capricornus
2018 Jul 27 28.97 20h 47m 49s -24° 17’ 30” 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.