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Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1

Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 is currently in the constellation of Capricornus. The current Right Ascension of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 is 20h 14m 18s and the Declination is -23° 01’ 22” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 is 35.78 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 [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]:

20h 14m 18s
-23° 01’ 22”

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Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 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 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 in Capricornus on January, 28 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 in Capricornus on January, 28 2021
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 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

62P/Tsuchinshan 1
RA: 20h 14m 18s
Dec: -23° 01’ 22”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 from Earth is currently 961,090,644 kilometers, equivalent to 6.424494 Astronomical Units. Light takes 53 minutes and 25.8533 seconds to travel from Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 and arrive to us.

53 minutes and 25.8533 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 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 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 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 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 to Earth happens on Mon Jan 26 2088 at a distance of 0.412673 Astronomical Units, or 61,734,954 kilometers:

Mon Jan 26 2088

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

Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 is 35.78.


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 62P/Tsuchinshan 1, 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 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 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 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 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 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 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 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 at epoch 01 September 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455441.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.59791972
Orbit inclination i 9.71000820°
Perihelion distance q 1.38407629 AU
207,054,866 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.50050060 AU
822,863,179 km
Semi-major axis a 3.44228844 AU
514,959,023 km
Orbital period period 6.3900 years
2,332.7560 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2011-Jun-30 05:34:26
2,455,742.7323 JD
Next perihelion transit 2017-Nov-17 23:43
2,458,075.4883 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 30.099803069781°
Longitude of the ascending node node 90.376391241208°
Mean anomaly M 313.51266406642°
Mean motion n 0.15432390°/day

Visualization of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 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 62P/Tsuchinshan 1
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Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Jan 21 20h 08m 21s -23° 18’ 21” 35.79 Capricornus
2021 Jan 22 20h 09m 11s -23° 16’ 00” 35.79 Capricornus
2021 Jan 23 20h 10m 00s -23° 13’ 40” 35.78 Capricornus
2021 Jan 24 20h 10m 50s -23° 11’ 18” 35.78 Capricornus
2021 Jan 25 20h 11m 39s -23° 08’ 57” 35.78 Capricornus
2021 Jan 26 20h 12m 29s -23° 06’ 34” 35.78 Capricornus
2021 Jan 27 20h 13m 19s -23° 04’ 12” 35.78 Capricornus
2021 Jan 28 20h 14m 08s -23° 01’ 49” 35.78 Capricornus
2021 Jan 29 20h 14m 58s -22° 59’ 26” 35.77 Capricornus
2021 Jan 30 20h 15m 48s -22° 57’ 02” 35.77 Capricornus
2021 Jan 31 20h 16m 37s -22° 54’ 38” 35.77 Capricornus
2021 Feb 01 20h 17m 26s -22° 52’ 14” 35.77 Capricornus
2021 Feb 02 20h 18m 16s -22° 49’ 50” 35.77 Capricornus
2021 Feb 03 20h 19m 05s -22° 47’ 26” 35.76 Capricornus