The current Right Ascension of Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham is 15h 19m 16s and the Declination is -25° 07’ 49” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom ). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham is 26.32 (JPL).
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.
- 56P/Slaughter-Burnham is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- Right now it is placed in the South direction at an altitude of 13° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, 56P/Slaughter-Burnham is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham 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.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
Also check out Where is Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham from Earth is currently 1,202,171,273 kilometers, equivalent to 8.036019 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 6 minutes and 50.0117 seconds to travel from Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham 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 56P/Slaughter-Burnham from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest Approach of Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham to Earth
Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham to Earth happens on Tue Oct 25 2061 at a distance of 1.472347 Astronomical Units, or 220,260,012 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham Brightness and Light Curve
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham, 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 56P/Slaughter-Burnham Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||2.50586300 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2016-Jul-18 01:52:46
|Next perihelion transit||2028-Jan-06 13:13
|Argument of perihelion||peri||44.21693188177°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||346.03803700304°|
Visualization of Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham 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!
Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2023 Dec 03||15h 14m 36s||-24° 47’ 34”||26.34||Libra|
|2023 Dec 04||15h 15m 15s||-24° 50’ 17”||26.34||Libra|
|2023 Dec 05||15h 15m 52s||-24° 53’ 02”||26.33||Libra|
|2023 Dec 06||15h 16m 31s||-24° 55’ 46”||26.33||Libra|
|2023 Dec 07||15h 17m 08s||-24° 58’ 30”||26.33||Libra|
|2023 Dec 08||15h 17m 45s||-25° 01’ 14”||26.32||Libra|
|2023 Dec 09||15h 18m 23s||-25° 03’ 57”||26.32||Libra|
|2023 Dec 10||15h 19m 00s||-25° 06’ 41”||26.32||Libra|
|2023 Dec 11||15h 19m 37s||-25° 09’ 24”||26.31||Libra|
|2023 Dec 12||15h 20m 15s||-25° 12’ 06”||26.31||Libra|
|2023 Dec 13||15h 20m 52s||-25° 14’ 48”||26.31||Libra|
|2023 Dec 14||15h 21m 29s||-25° 17’ 31”||26.30||Libra|
|2023 Dec 15||15h 22m 05s||-25° 20’ 12”||26.30||Libra|
|2023 Dec 16||15h 22m 41s||-25° 22’ 54”||26.29||Libra|