Comet 61P/Shajn-Schaldach is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension of Comet 61P/Shajn-Schaldach is 18h 14m 25s and the Declination is -16° 34’ 46” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 61P/Shajn-Schaldach is 20.92 (JPL).
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Comet 61P/Shajn-Schaldach Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 61P/Shajn-Schaldach 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 61P/Shajn-Schaldach is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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Comet 61P/Shajn-Schaldach Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 61P/Shajn-Schaldach from Earth is currently 521,550,344 kilometers, equivalent to 3.486349 Astronomical Units. Light takes 28 minutes and 59.7047 seconds to travel from Comet 61P/Shajn-Schaldach and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 61P/Shajn-Schaldach 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 61P/Shajn-Schaldach from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet 61P/Shajn-Schaldach to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 61P/Shajn-Schaldach to Earth happens on Wed Oct 5 2050 at a distance of 1.032668 Astronomical Units, or 154,484,955 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 61P/Shajn-Schaldach brightness
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 61P/Shajn-Schaldach, 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 61P/Shajn-Schaldach rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 61P/Shajn-Schaldach 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 61P/Shajn-Schaldach Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||2.11051938 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2015-Sep-30 23:15:55
|Next perihelion transit||2022-Oct-23 20:32
|Argument of perihelion||peri||221.82952597062°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||163.08910249117°|
Visualization of Comet 61P/Shajn-Schaldach Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 61P/Shajn-Schaldach with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 61P/Shajn-Schaldach 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 61P/Shajn-Schaldach 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 61P/Shajn-Schaldach computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 61P/Shajn-Schaldach in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2021 Apr 09||18h 13m 05s||-16° 47’ 40”||21.03||Sagittarius|
|2021 Apr 10||18h 13m 18s||-16° 46’ 02”||21.01||Sagittarius|
|2021 Apr 11||18h 13m 31s||-16° 44’ 25”||21.00||Sagittarius|
|2021 Apr 12||18h 13m 42s||-16° 42’ 46”||20.99||Sagittarius|
|2021 Apr 13||18h 13m 54s||-16° 41’ 07”||20.97||Sagittarius|
|2021 Apr 14||18h 14m 03s||-16° 39’ 29”||20.96||Sagittarius|
|2021 Apr 15||18h 14m 12s||-16° 37’ 50”||20.95||Sagittarius|
|2021 Apr 16||18h 14m 20s||-16° 36’ 11”||20.93||Sagittarius|
|2021 Apr 17||18h 14m 26s||-16° 34’ 33”||20.92||Sagittarius|
|2021 Apr 18||18h 14m 31s||-16° 32’ 56”||20.90||Sagittarius|
|2021 Apr 19||18h 14m 36s||-16° 31’ 18”||20.89||Sagittarius|
|2021 Apr 20||18h 14m 39s||-16° 29’ 40”||20.88||Sagittarius|
|2021 Apr 21||18h 14m 42s||-16° 28’ 05”||20.86||Sagittarius|
|2021 Apr 22||18h 14m 44s||-16° 26’ 27”||20.85||Sagittarius|