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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 July, 20 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
13h 54m 07s
-04° 23’ 29”
18.78
 = 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: 94.4°
Max altitude: 34.1°
Azimuth: 265.6°

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 Jul 13 18.51 13h 48m 36s -03° 22’ 09” Virgo
2018 Jul 14 18.55 13h 49m 22s -03° 30’ 55” Virgo
2018 Jul 15 18.59 13h 50m 08s -03° 39’ 41” Virgo
2018 Jul 16 18.63 13h 50m 53s -03° 48’ 27” Virgo
2018 Jul 17 18.67 13h 51m 42s -03° 57’ 12” Virgo
2018 Jul 18 18.71 13h 52m 29s -04° 05’ 58” Virgo
2018 Jul 19 18.74 13h 53m 18s -04° 14’ 44” Virgo
2018 Jul 20 18.78 13h 54m 07s -04° 23’ 29” Virgo
2018 Jul 21 18.82 13h 54m 57s -04° 32’ 13” Virgo
2018 Jul 22 18.85 13h 55m 49s -04° 40’ 58” Virgo
2018 Jul 23 18.89 13h 56m 39s -04° 49’ 41” Virgo
2018 Jul 24 18.93 13h 57m 32s -04° 58’ 23” Virgo
2018 Jul 25 18.96 13h 58m 24s -05° 07’ 05” Virgo
2018 Jul 26 19.00 13h 59m 17s -05° 15’ 47” 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 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.