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Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2

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Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.

More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 in Leo on March, 25 2019
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
11h 24m 53s
-04° 19’ 52”

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 behvior 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.

Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 94.3°
Max altitude: 34.2°
Azimuth: 265.6°

Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 Orbit Diagram

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 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
2019 Mar 18 11h 29m 11s -05° 01’ 35” 15.31 Leo
2019 Mar 19 11h 28m 33s -04° 56’ 17” 15.34 Leo
2019 Mar 20 11h 27m 59s -04° 50’ 57” 15.37 Leo
2019 Mar 21 11h 27m 24s -04° 45’ 35” 15.40 Leo
2019 Mar 22 11h 26m 50s -04° 40’ 13” 15.43 Leo
2019 Mar 23 11h 26m 17s -04° 34’ 50” 15.46 Leo
2019 Mar 24 11h 25m 45s -04° 29’ 26” 15.49 Leo
2019 Mar 25 11h 25m 15s -04° 24’ 05” 15.52 Leo
2019 Mar 26 11h 24m 47s -04° 18’ 43” 15.55 Leo
2019 Mar 27 11h 24m 19s -04° 13’ 24” 15.58 Leo
2019 Mar 28 11h 23m 52s -04° 08’ 08” 15.61 Leo
2019 Mar 29 11h 23m 26s -04° 02’ 56” 15.65 Leo
2019 Mar 30 11h 23m 03s -03° 57’ 46” 15.68 Leo
2019 Mar 31 11h 22m 40s -03° 52’ 41” 15.71 Leo

Distance of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval.

The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

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

Light Curve of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2

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 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 at epoch 16 July 2008 00:00 UTC (JD: 2454664.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.53124472
Orbit inclination i 6.91953735°
Perihelion distance q 1.65665316 AU
247,831,786 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.41165399 AU
809,571,916 km
Semi-major axis a 3.53415358 AU
528,701,851 km
Orbital period period 6.6400 years
2,426.7585 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2006-Jan-09 11:57:23
2,453,744.9982 JD
Next perihelion transit 2012-Sep-01 06:09
2,456,171.7567 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 202.44011272104°
Longitude of the ascending node node 287.72891549386°
Mean anomaly M 136.40444994564°
Mean motion n 0.14834604°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2052-Jan-21
Distance of closest approach* 0.66177045 AU
98,999,450 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2100-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.