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Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck

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Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck Position

Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck is currently in the constellation of Orion. The current Right Ascension is 05h 12m 19s and the Declination is +15° 54’ 22”.

05h 12m 19s
+15° 54’ 22”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck in Orion on October, 18 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck is right now (view fullscreen)

53P/Van Biesbroeck
RA: 05h 12m 19s
Dec: +15° 54’ 22”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck
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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

The distance of Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck from Earth is currently 973,618,533 kilometers, equivalent to 6.508238 Astronomical Units. Light takes 54 minutes and 7.6419 seconds to travel from Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck and arrive to us.

54 minutes and 7.6419 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 0.90501461 Astronomical Units, or 135,388,259 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 22.50.


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.

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: 74.1°
Max altitude: 54.4°
Azimuth: 285.9°
Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere 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
2019 Oct 11 05h 13m 35s +16° 01’ 35” 22.51 Orion
2019 Oct 12 05h 13m 26s +16° 00’ 33” 22.51 Orion
2019 Oct 13 05h 13m 15s +15° 59’ 32” 22.51 Orion
2019 Oct 14 05h 13m 05s +15° 58’ 32” 22.51 Orion
2019 Oct 15 05h 12m 55s +15° 57’ 29” 22.50 Orion
2019 Oct 16 05h 12m 43s +15° 56’ 27” 22.50 Orion
2019 Oct 17 05h 12m 32s +15° 55’ 26” 22.50 Orion
2019 Oct 18 05h 12m 20s +15° 54’ 23” 22.50 Orion
2019 Oct 19 05h 12m 06s +15° 53’ 21” 22.50 Orion
2019 Oct 20 05h 11m 53s +15° 52’ 18” 22.49 Orion
2019 Oct 21 05h 11m 39s +15° 51’ 15” 22.49 Orion
2019 Oct 22 05h 11m 25s +15° 50’ 12” 22.49 Orion
2019 Oct 23 05h 11m 09s +15° 49’ 08” 22.49 Orion
2019 Oct 24 05h 10m 54s +15° 48’ 05” 22.49 Orion