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Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1

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Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 Position

Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension is 19h 55m 01s and the Declination is -23° 22’ 10”.

19h 55m 01s
-23° 22’ 10”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 in Sagittarius on April, 07 2020
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 is right now (view fullscreen)

62P/Tsuchinshan 1
RA: 19h 55m 01s
Dec: -23° 22’ 10”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1
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Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 Distance

The distance of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 from Earth is currently 795,524,561 kilometers, equivalent to 5.317753 Astronomical Units. Light takes 44 minutes and 13.5843 seconds to travel from Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 and arrive to us.

44 minutes and 13.5843 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Distance of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 to Earth happens on Mon Jan 26 2088 at a distance of 0.41266741 Astronomical Units, or 61,734,166 kilometers:

Mon Jan 26 2088

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 is 35.03.


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 behavior 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.

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 rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 113.4°
Max altitude: 15.2°
Azimuth: 246.6°
Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

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

Visualization of Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 Orbit

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 15 Days 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
2020 Mar 31 19h 52m 18s -23° 23’ 07” 35.03 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 01 19h 52m 44s -23° 22’ 54” 35.03 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 02 19h 53m 08s -23° 22’ 41” 35.03 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 03 19h 53m 30s -23° 22’ 32” 35.03 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 04 19h 53m 53s -23° 22’ 23” 35.03 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 05 19h 54m 15s -23° 22’ 18” 35.03 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 06 19h 54m 37s -23° 22’ 14” 35.03 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 07 19h 54m 56s -23° 22’ 10” 35.03 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 08 19h 55m 17s -23° 22’ 10” 35.02 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 09 19h 55m 36s -23° 22’ 13” 35.02 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 10 19h 55m 54s -23° 22’ 15” 35.02 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 11 19h 56m 12s -23° 22’ 22” 35.02 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 12 19h 56m 30s -23° 22’ 30” 35.02 Sagittarius
2020 Apr 13 19h 56m 45s -23° 22’ 39” 35.02 Sagittarius