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Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan

Altitude: -46.7°   Azimuth: 10.2°   Direction: North

Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan is currently in the constellation of Aquarius.

The current Right Ascension of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan is 22h 00m 39s and the Declination is -08° 31’ 47” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan is 28.51 (JPL).

22h 00m 39s
-08° 31’ 47”

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 60P/Tsuchinshan from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 98.5°
Max altitude: 30.0°
Azimuth: 261.5°
  • 60P/Tsuchinshan is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Given its current magnitude, 60P/Tsuchinshan is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Available Resources

Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 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.

Finder chart of 60P/Tsuchinshan in Aquarius on December,01 2023
Map showing Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan in Aquarius on December, 01 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 60P/Tsuchinshan
Map showing Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan in Aquarius on December, 01 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 22h 00m 39s
Dec: -08° 31’ 47”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan from Earth is currently 659,525,371 kilometers, equivalent to 4.408655 Astronomical Units. Light takes 36 minutes and 39.9398 seconds to travel from Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan and arrive to us.

36 minutes and 39.9398 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 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.

Chart of the distance of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 60P/Tsuchinshan from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan to Earth happens on Sun Jan 21 2052 at a distance of 0.661771 Astronomical Units, or 98,999,555 kilometers:

Sun Jan 21 2052

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan, 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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan as a function of time

Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan at epoch 16 July 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457220.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.53853669
Orbit inclination i 3.60894919°
Perihelion distance q 1.61956677 AU
242,283,740 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.39969885 AU
807,783,452 km
Semi-major axis a 3.50963281 AU
525,033,596 km
Orbital period period 6.5751 years
2,401.5462 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2012-May-13 21:20:31
2,456,061.3893 JD
Next perihelion transit 2018-Dec-10 10:27
2,458,462.9355 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 216.49366907536°
Longitude of the ascending node node 267.66129277937°
Mean anomaly M 173.75466919847°
Mean motion n 0.14990342°/day

Visualization of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 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 60P/Tsuchinshan
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Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Nov 24 21h 57m 56s -08° 41’ 25” 28.53 Capricornus
2023 Nov 25 21h 58m 15s -08° 40’ 18” 28.53 Capricornus
2023 Nov 26 21h 58m 36s -08° 39’ 08” 28.53 Capricornus
2023 Nov 27 21h 58m 59s -08° 37’ 54” 28.52 Aquarius
2023 Nov 28 21h 59m 21s -08° 36’ 33” 28.52 Aquarius
2023 Nov 29 21h 59m 44s -08° 35’ 09” 28.52 Aquarius
2023 Nov 30 22h 00m 09s -08° 33’ 42” 28.52 Aquarius
2023 Dec 01 22h 00m 33s -08° 32’ 08” 28.51 Aquarius
2023 Dec 02 22h 00m 59s -08° 30’ 32” 28.51 Aquarius
2023 Dec 03 22h 01m 24s -08° 28’ 50” 28.51 Aquarius
2023 Dec 04 22h 01m 51s -08° 27’ 02” 28.51 Aquarius
2023 Dec 05 22h 02m 20s -08° 25’ 13” 28.50 Aquarius
2023 Dec 06 22h 02m 48s -08° 23’ 17” 28.50 Aquarius
2023 Dec 07 22h 03m 16s -08° 21’ 18” 28.50 Aquarius