Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle is currently in the constellation of Libra. The current Right Ascension of Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle is 15h 24m 50s and the Declination is -17° 07’ 32” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle is 46.17 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is n/a (COBS).
The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted 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.
Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):
- 55P/Tempel-Tuttle is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- Given its current magnitude, 55P/Tempel-Tuttle is .
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Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle 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.
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
RA: 15h 24m 50s
Dec: -17° 07’ 32”
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
Also check out Where is Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle from Earth is currently 2,307,177,009 kilometers, equivalent to 15.422526 Astronomical Units. Light takes 2 hours, 8 minutes and 15.9141 seconds to travel from Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle 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.
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 55P/Tempel-Tuttle from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest Approach of Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle to Earth
Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle to Earth happens on Sun Jan 25 2065 at a distance of 0.404270 Astronomical Units, or 60,477,952 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle Brightness and Light Curve
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, 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.
Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle at epoch 14 August 1998 00:00 UTC (JD: 2451040.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||0.97642792 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||1998-Feb-28 02:20:44
|Next perihelion transit||2031-May-27 15:48
|Argument of perihelion||peri||172.50027368281°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||235.27098914908°|
Visualization of Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle 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!
View Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle in the 3D Solar System Simulator
Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2023 Mar 26||15h 26m 18s||-17° 14’ 16”||46.20||Libra|
|2023 Mar 27||15h 26m 08s||-17° 13’ 24”||46.20||Libra|
|2023 Mar 28||15h 25m 56s||-17° 12’ 33”||46.19||Libra|
|2023 Mar 29||15h 25m 45s||-17° 11’ 39”||46.19||Libra|
|2023 Mar 30||15h 25m 32s||-17° 10’ 46”||46.18||Libra|
|2023 Mar 31||15h 25m 20s||-17° 09’ 51”||46.18||Libra|
|2023 Apr 01||15h 25m 09s||-17° 08’ 57”||46.18||Libra|
|2023 Apr 02||15h 24m 56s||-17° 08’ 00”||46.17||Libra|
|2023 Apr 03||15h 24m 43s||-17° 07’ 05”||46.17||Libra|
|2023 Apr 04||15h 24m 32s||-17° 06’ 07”||46.17||Libra|
|2023 Apr 05||15h 24m 19s||-17° 05’ 09”||46.16||Libra|
|2023 Apr 06||15h 24m 06s||-17° 04’ 10”||46.16||Libra|
|2023 Apr 07||15h 23m 52s||-17° 03’ 11”||46.16||Libra|
|2023 Apr 08||15h 23m 39s||-17° 02’ 12”||46.15||Libra|