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Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2

Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 is currently in the constellation of Ophiucus. The current Right Ascension of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 is 17h 35m 38s and the Declination is -22° 58’ 23” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 is 29.60 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

17h 35m 38s
-22° 58’ 23”
  • 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South direction at an altitude of 15° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 rise and set times.
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Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 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.

Map showing Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 in Ophiucus on October, 27 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 in Ophiucus on October, 27 2020
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

60P/Tsuchinshan 2
RA: 17h 35m 38s
Dec: -22° 58’ 23”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 from Earth is currently 782,716,153 kilometers, equivalent to 5.232134 Astronomical Units. Light takes 43 minutes and 30.8601 seconds to travel from Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 and arrive to us.

43 minutes and 30.8601 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 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.

Distance of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

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 2 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 to Earth happens on Sun Jan 21 2052 at a distance of 0.661771 Astronomical Units, or 98,999,497 kilometers:

Sun Jan 21 2052

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

Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 is 29.60.


The observed magnitude and coma diameter values are derived from the Comet Observers Database by averaging the values reported in recent observations (more recent than 4 days), when available. The Estimated Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of comets. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Estimated 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.

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2, 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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 113.0°
Max altitude: 15.5°
Azimuth: 247.0°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 at epoch 30 June 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457204.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.53854862
Orbit inclination i 3.60903049°
Perihelion distance q 1.61951146 AU
242,275,466 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.39969584 AU
807,783,002 km
Semi-major axis a 3.50960365 AU
525,029,234 km
Orbital period period 6.5700 years
2,401.5163 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2012-May-13 21:24:46
2,456,061.3922 JD
Next perihelion transit 2018-Dec-10 09:48
2,458,462.9085 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 216.49214962759°
Longitude of the ascending node node 267.66213164084°
Mean anomaly M 171.3579078061°
Mean motion n 0.14990529°/day

Visualization of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 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 2
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Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 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 2 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Oct 20 17h 29m 26s -22° 55’ 47” 29.49 Ophiucus
2020 Oct 21 17h 30m 15s -22° 56’ 09” 29.51 Ophiucus
2020 Oct 22 17h 31m 02s -22° 56’ 31” 29.52 Ophiucus
2020 Oct 23 17h 31m 50s -22° 56’ 53” 29.53 Ophiucus
2020 Oct 24 17h 32m 39s -22° 57’ 12” 29.55 Ophiucus
2020 Oct 25 17h 33m 28s -22° 57’ 33” 29.56 Ophiucus
2020 Oct 26 17h 34m 18s -22° 57’ 51” 29.57 Ophiucus
2020 Oct 27 17h 35m 07s -22° 58’ 10” 29.59 Ophiucus
2020 Oct 28 17h 35m 57s -22° 58’ 27” 29.60 Ophiucus
2020 Oct 29 17h 36m 47s -22° 58’ 45” 29.61 Ophiucus
2020 Oct 30 17h 37m 39s -22° 59’ 02” 29.63 Ophiucus
2020 Oct 31 17h 38m 30s -22° 59’ 17” 29.64 Ophiucus
2020 Nov 01 17h 39m 20s -22° 59’ 30” 29.65 Ophiucus
2020 Nov 02 17h 40m 13s -22° 59’ 44” 29.67 Ophiucus