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53P/Van Biesbroeck live position and data

This page shows Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck location and other relevant astronomical data in real time. The celestial coordinates, magnitude, distances and speed are updated in real time and are computed using high quality data sets provided by the JPL Horizons ephemeris service (see acknowledgements for details). The sky map shown below represents a rectangular portion of the sky 60x40 arcminutes wide. By comparison the diameter of the full Moon is about 30 arcmins, so the full horizontal extent of the map is approximately 2 full Moons wide. Depending on the device you are using, the map can be dragged horizondally or vertically using the mouse or touchscreen. The deep sky image in the background is provided by the Digitized Sky Survey (acknowledgements).

Current close conjunctions

List of bright objects (stars brighter than magnitude 9.0 and galaxies brighter than magmitude 14.0) close to Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck (less than 1.5 degrees):

TypeNameMagnitudeArDec
StarHIP 8051001h 43m 20s+04° 19’ 24”
StarHIP 8055001h 43m 27s+04° 52’ 51”
StarHIP 82116.97301h 45m 43s+03° 40’ 02”
StarHIP 82256.791601h 45m 55s+03° 25’ 03”
StarHIP 82678.798601h 46m 30s+05° 57’ 12”
StarHIP 83298.254801h 47m 22s+03° 55’ 02”
StarHIP 84045.804801h 48m 26s+03° 41’ 07”
StarHIP 84948.269401h 49m 30s+05° 37’ 34”
StarHIP 85977.621401h 50m 56s+06° 00’ 24”
StarHIP 86058.305601h 51m 00s+04° 13’ 14”
StarHIP 86488.599601h 51m 28s+05° 52’ 21”
StarHIP 86688.551801h 51m 38s+04° 07’ 43”
StarHIP 87657.877601h 52m 47s+04° 39’ 46”
StarHIP 8775001h 52m 51s+04° 49’ 57”
GalaxyNGC 66413.701h 43m 45s+04° 13’ 17”
GalaxyNGC 67610.401h 48m 57s+05° 54’ 29”
GalaxyNGC 71812.601h 53m 12s+04° 11’ 48”

Additional resources

Additional Resources about Comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck

Astronomy databases

This online sky chart is created using the following astronomy databases and services:

  1. The Digitized Sky Survey, a photographic survey of the whole sky created using images from different telescopes, including the Oschin Schmidt Telescope on Palomar Mountain
  2. The Hipparcos Star Catalogue, containing more than 100.000 bright stars
  3. The PGC 2003 Catalogue, containing information about 1 million galaxies
  4. The GSC 2.3 Catalogue, containing information about more than 2 billion stars and galaxies
Please see the acknowledgements section.

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