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Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck

Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck is currently in the constellation of Taurus. The current Right Ascension of Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck is 05h 28m 39s and the Declination is +16° 50’ 08” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck is 23.27 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

05h 28m 39s
+16° 50’ 08”

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Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck 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 53P/Van Biesbroeck in Taurus on January, 26 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck in Taurus on January, 26 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 53P/Van Biesbroeck is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

53P/Van Biesbroeck
RA: 05h 28m 39s
Dec: +16° 50’ 08”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck from Earth is currently 1,092,165,830 kilometers, equivalent to 7.300678 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 43.0731 seconds to travel from Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck and arrive to us.

1 hours, 43.0731 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck 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 53P/Van Biesbroeck 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 53P/Van Biesbroeck from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck to Earth happens on Tue Jul 31 2091 at a distance of 0.905015 Astronomical Units, or 135,388,253 kilometers:

Tue Jul 31 2091

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

Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck is 23.27.


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 53P/Van Biesbroeck, 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 53P/Van Biesbroeck between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck 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 53P/Van Biesbroeck rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 73.2°
Max altitude: 55.4°
Azimuth: 286.8°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck 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 53P/Van Biesbroeck Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck at epoch 08 August 2011 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455782.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.55107446
Orbit inclination i 6.61125410°
Perihelion distance q 2.42621835 AU
362,957,100 km
Aphelion distance Q 8.38278293 AU
1,254,046,479 km
Semi-major axis a 5.40450064 AU
808,501,789 km
Orbital period period 12.5600 years
4,589.1451 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Apr-30 19:11:59
2,457,509.3000 JD
Next perihelion transit 2028-Nov-22 22:40
2,462,098.4450 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 134.26546520817°
Longitude of the ascending node node 148.89779930287°
Mean anomaly M 224.5394756349°
Mean motion n 0.07844598°/day

Visualization of Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck 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 53P/Van Biesbroeck
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Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Jan 19 05h 30m 55s +16° 46’ 45” 23.23 Taurus
2021 Jan 20 05h 30m 35s +16° 47’ 11” 23.24 Taurus
2021 Jan 21 05h 30m 15s +16° 47’ 35” 23.24 Taurus
2021 Jan 22 05h 29m 57s +16° 48’ 02” 23.25 Taurus
2021 Jan 23 05h 29m 39s +16° 48’ 29” 23.25 Taurus
2021 Jan 24 05h 29m 21s +16° 48’ 57” 23.26 Taurus
2021 Jan 25 05h 29m 03s +16° 49’ 27” 23.26 Taurus
2021 Jan 26 05h 28m 45s +16° 49’ 56” 23.27 Taurus
2021 Jan 27 05h 28m 29s +16° 50’ 27” 23.27 Taurus
2021 Jan 28 05h 28m 14s +16° 50’ 58” 23.27 Taurus
2021 Jan 29 05h 27m 57s +16° 51’ 32” 23.28 Taurus
2021 Jan 30 05h 27m 42s +16° 52’ 05” 23.28 Taurus
2021 Jan 31 05h 27m 28s +16° 52’ 37” 23.29 Taurus
2021 Feb 01 05h 27m 14s +16° 53’ 12” 23.29 Taurus