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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 Sagittarius on April, 21 2019
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
18h 25m 30s
-21° 59’ 49”

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: 112.0°
Max altitude: 16.5°
Azimuth: 248.0°

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
2019 Apr 14 18h 26m 03s -21° 54’ 36” 23.33 Sagittarius
2019 Apr 15 18h 26m 02s -21° 55’ 13” 23.33 Sagittarius
2019 Apr 16 18h 26m 00s -21° 55’ 50” 23.33 Sagittarius
2019 Apr 17 18h 25m 58s -21° 56’ 30” 23.33 Sagittarius
2019 Apr 18 18h 25m 54s -21° 57’ 09” 23.34 Sagittarius
2019 Apr 19 18h 25m 50s -21° 57’ 50” 23.34 Sagittarius
2019 Apr 20 18h 25m 44s -21° 58’ 32” 23.34 Sagittarius
2019 Apr 21 18h 25m 36s -21° 59’ 15” 23.34 Sagittarius
2019 Apr 22 18h 25m 28s -21° 59’ 58” 23.35 Sagittarius
2019 Apr 23 18h 25m 18s -22° 00’ 43” 23.35 Sagittarius
2019 Apr 24 18h 25m 09s -22° 01’ 29” 23.35 Sagittarius
2019 Apr 25 18h 24m 57s -22° 02’ 17” 23.36 Sagittarius
2019 Apr 26 18h 24m 45s -22° 03’ 05” 23.36 Sagittarius
2019 Apr 27 18h 24m 32s -22° 03’ 54” 23.36 Sagittarius

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 2100

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 2100

Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 at epoch 26 August 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455435.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.59794119
Orbit inclination i 9.70998457°
Perihelion distance q 1.38408650 AU
207,056,394 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.50090878 AU
822,924,242 km
Semi-major axis a 3.44249764 AU
514,990,318 km
Orbital period period 6.3900 years
2,332.9687 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2011-Jun-30 05:20:56
2,455,742.7229 JD
Next perihelion transit 2017-Nov-18 04:35
2,458,075.6915 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 30.090918967633°
Longitude of the ascending node node 90.382625601564°
Mean anomaly M 312.592489988°
Mean motion n 0.15430983°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2088-Jan-26
Distance of closest approach* 0.41266739 AU
61,734,162 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2100-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.