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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 Libra on September, 26 2018
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
15h 07m 58s
-13° 29’ 35”
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20.92
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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 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 Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 103.5°
Max altitude: 25.0°
Azimuth: 256.5°

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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Sep 19 14h 58m 54s -12° 38’ 21” 20.73 Libra
2018 Sep 20 15h 00m 08s -12° 45’ 28” 20.75 Libra
2018 Sep 21 15h 01m 23s -12° 52’ 33” 20.78 Libra
2018 Sep 22 15h 02m 36s -12° 59’ 36” 20.81 Libra
2018 Sep 23 15h 03m 51s -13° 06’ 37” 20.83 Libra
2018 Sep 24 15h 05m 04s -13° 13’ 35” 20.86 Libra
2018 Sep 25 15h 06m 20s -13° 20’ 30” 20.88 Libra
2018 Sep 26 15h 07m 33s -13° 27’ 23” 20.91 Libra
2018 Sep 27 15h 08m 48s -13° 34’ 13” 20.93 Libra
2018 Sep 28 15h 10m 04s -13° 41’ 00” 20.96 Libra
2018 Sep 29 15h 11m 20s -13° 47’ 45” 20.99 Libra
2018 Sep 30 15h 12m 34s -13° 54’ 28” 21.01 Libra
2018 Oct 01 15h 13m 50s -14° 01’ 08” 21.04 Libra
2018 Oct 02 15h 15m 06s -14° 07’ 45” 21.06 Libra

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 15 August 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455424.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.59798290
Orbit inclination i 9.70998947°
Perihelion distance q 1.38410243 AU
207,058,777 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.50168641 AU
823,040,573 km
Semi-major axis a 3.44289442 AU
515,049,675 km
Orbital period period 6.3900 years
2,333.3720 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2011-Jun-30 04:53:33
2,455,742.7039 JD
Next perihelion transit 2017-Nov-18 13:49
2,458,076.0759 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 30.073254908818°
Longitude of the ascending node node 90.395227954901°
Mean anomaly M 310.90650356639°
Mean motion n 0.15428316°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2024-Jan-30
Distance of closest approach* 0.49925678 AU
74,687,751 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.