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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 April, 25 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
13h 50m 15s
+05° 30’ 38”
 = 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: 84.5°
Max altitude: 44.0°
Azimuth: 275.5°

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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Apr 18 14.76 13h 57m 25s +05° 35’ 49” Virgo
2018 Apr 19 14.80 13h 56m 21s +05° 35’ 47” Virgo
2018 Apr 20 14.84 13h 55m 18s +05° 35’ 30” Virgo
2018 Apr 21 14.88 13h 54m 15s +05° 34’ 59” Virgo
2018 Apr 22 14.93 13h 53m 13s +05° 34’ 15” Virgo
2018 Apr 23 14.97 13h 52m 14s +05° 33’ 16” Virgo
2018 Apr 24 15.01 13h 51m 14s +05° 32’ 04” Virgo
2018 Apr 25 15.05 13h 50m 15s +05° 30’ 38” Virgo
2018 Apr 26 15.10 13h 49m 17s +05° 28’ 59” Virgo
2018 Apr 27 15.14 13h 48m 20s +05° 27’ 06” Virgo
2018 Apr 28 15.19 13h 47m 25s +05° 25’ 00” Virgo
2018 Apr 29 15.23 13h 46m 31s +05° 22’ 41” Virgo
2018 Apr 30 15.27 13h 45m 38s +05° 20’ 08” Virgo
2018 May 01 15.32 13h 44m 47s +05° 17’ 22” 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 10 October 2009 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455115.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.59920058
Orbit inclination i 9.90073142°
Perihelion distance q 1.38917262 AU
207,817,267 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.54283650 AU
829,196,540 km
Semi-major axis a 3.46600456 AU
518,506,903 km
Orbital period period 6.4500 years
2,356.9052 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2011-Jun-28 03:33:44
2,455,740.6484 JD
Next perihelion transit 2017-Dec-10 01:17
2,458,097.5537 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 27.199384047543°
Longitude of the ascending node node 92.817584535442°
Mean anomaly M 264.51315876993°
Mean motion n 0.15274267°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2024-Jan-30
Distance of closest approach* 0.49925185 AU
74,687,013 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.