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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 Virgo on February, 21 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
14h 30m 06s
+02° 10’ 35”
 = 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: 87.8°
Max altitude: 40.7°
Azimuth: 272.2°

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
2018 Feb 14 12.75 14h 25m 51s +01° 52’ 01” Virgo
2018 Feb 15 12.78 14h 26m 35s +01° 54’ 10” Virgo
2018 Feb 16 12.80 14h 27m 18s +01° 56’ 30” Virgo
2018 Feb 17 12.83 14h 27m 56s +01° 58’ 59” Virgo
2018 Feb 18 12.85 14h 28m 33s +02° 01’ 38” Virgo
2018 Feb 19 12.88 14h 29m 08s +02° 04’ 27” Virgo
2018 Feb 20 12.91 14h 29m 39s +02° 07’ 27” Virgo
2018 Feb 21 12.93 14h 30m 06s +02° 10’ 35” Virgo
2018 Feb 22 12.96 14h 30m 33s +02° 13’ 53” Virgo
2018 Feb 23 12.98 14h 30m 56s +02° 17’ 18” Virgo
2018 Feb 24 13.01 14h 31m 17s +02° 20’ 53” Virgo
2018 Feb 25 13.04 14h 31m 33s +02° 24’ 34” Virgo
2018 Feb 26 13.06 14h 31m 49s +02° 28’ 24” Virgo
2018 Feb 27 13.09 14h 32m 00s +02° 32’ 21” 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 18 January 2008 00:00 UTC (JD: 2454484.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.58111978
Orbit inclination i 10.53833386°
Perihelion distance q 1.47262825 AU
220,302,051 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.55863362 AU
831,559,756 km
Semi-major axis a 3.51563094 AU
525,930,903 km
Orbital period period 6.5900 years
2,407.7054 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2004-Dec-08 23:36:30
2,453,348.4837 JD
Next perihelion transit 2011-Jul-13 16:32
2,455,756.1891 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 22.559264641524°
Longitude of the ascending node node 96.708980351441°
Mean anomaly M 169.85710735665°
Mean motion n 0.14951996°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2024-Jan-30
Distance of closest approach* 0.49921241 AU
74,681,113 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.