Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham is currently in the constellation of Virgo.
The current Right Ascension of Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham is 14h 18m 03s and the Declination is -22° 06’ 44” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom ). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham is 26.09 (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.
Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham from Greenwich, United Kingdom (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):
- 56P/Slaughter-Burnham is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- Right now it is placed in the South-West direction at an altitude of 9° 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.
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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.
RA: 14h 18m 03s
Dec: -22° 06’ 44”
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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 979,438,386 kilometers, equivalent to 6.547141 Astronomical Units. Light takes 54 minutes and 27.0548 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
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham at epoch 08 August 2013 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456513.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|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!
View Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham in the 3D Solar System Simulator
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 May 28||14h 20m 36s||-22° 21’ 56”||26.08||Virgo|
|2023 May 29||14h 20m 13s||-22° 19’ 44”||26.08||Virgo|
|2023 May 30||14h 19m 50s||-22° 17’ 31”||26.09||Virgo|
|2023 May 31||14h 19m 28s||-22° 15’ 20”||26.09||Virgo|
|2023 Jun 01||14h 19m 06s||-22° 13’ 10”||26.09||Virgo|
|2023 Jun 02||14h 18m 46s||-22° 11’ 00”||26.09||Virgo|
|2023 Jun 03||14h 18m 24s||-22° 08’ 52”||26.09||Virgo|
|2023 Jun 04||14h 18m 03s||-22° 06’ 42”||26.09||Virgo|
|2023 Jun 05||14h 17m 43s||-22° 04’ 36”||26.09||Virgo|
|2023 Jun 06||14h 17m 23s||-22° 02’ 29”||26.10||Virgo|
|2023 Jun 07||14h 17m 03s||-22° 00’ 23”||26.10||Virgo|
|2023 Jun 08||14h 16m 45s||-21° 58’ 18”||26.10||Virgo|
|2023 Jun 09||14h 16m 27s||-21° 56’ 13”||26.10||Virgo|
|2023 Jun 10||14h 16m 09s||-21° 54’ 11”||26.10||Virgo|