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Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1

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Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 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 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 in Leo on November, 22 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
11h 23m 40s
+10° 13’ 09”
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 79.8°
Max altitude: 48.7°
Azimuth: 280.2°

Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 Orbit Diagram

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 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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Nov 15 11.47 11h 01m 01s +11° 35’ 25” Leo
2017 Nov 16 11.46 11h 04m 18s +11° 23’ 40” Leo
2017 Nov 17 11.46 11h 07m 33s +11° 11’ 54” Leo
2017 Nov 18 11.45 11h 10m 49s +11° 00’ 08” Leo
2017 Nov 19 11.45 11h 14m 03s +10° 48’ 23” Leo
2017 Nov 20 11.44 11h 17m 17s +10° 36’ 37” Leo
2017 Nov 21 11.44 11h 20m 29s +10° 24’ 51” Leo
2017 Nov 22 11.44 11h 23m 40s +10° 13’ 09” Leo
2017 Nov 23 11.43 11h 26m 50s +10° 01’ 26” Leo
2017 Nov 24 11.43 11h 30m 01s +09° 49’ 45” Leo
2017 Nov 25 11.43 11h 33m 10s +09° 38’ 07” Leo
2017 Nov 26 11.43 11h 36m 16s +09° 26’ 30” Leo
2017 Nov 27 11.43 11h 39m 24s +09° 14’ 57” Virgo
2017 Nov 28 11.43 11h 42m 29s +09° 03’ 26” Virgo

Distance of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 from Earth

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

Distance of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1

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 2075

Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 at epoch 13 August 2005 00:00 UTC (JD: 2453596.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.57803590
Orbit inclination i 10.50282548°
Perihelion distance q 1.48888235 AU
222,733,630 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.56803242 AU
832,965,796 km
Semi-major axis a 3.52845739 AU
527,849,713 km
Orbital period period 6.6300 years
2,420.8938 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2004-Dec-07 22:21:37
2,453,347.4317 JD
Next perihelion transit 2011-Jul-25 19:48
2,455,768.3255 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 22.861534131449°
Longitude of the ascending node node 96.743190415188°
Mean anomaly M 37.037804543765°
Mean motion n 0.14870541°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2024-Jan-30
Distance of closest approach* 0.49916660 AU
74,674,260 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.