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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 Ophiucus on December, 11 2018
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
16h 47m 07s
-19° 50’ 13”

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: 109.8°
Max altitude: 18.7°
Azimuth: 250.2°

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 Dec 04 16h 37m 06s -19° 25’ 15” 22.32 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 05 16h 38m 25s -19° 28’ 37” 22.33 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 06 16h 39m 42s -19° 31’ 58” 22.35 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 07 16h 40m 59s -19° 35’ 13” 22.36 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 08 16h 42m 15s -19° 38’ 26” 22.38 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 09 16h 43m 32s -19° 41’ 36” 22.39 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 10 16h 44m 48s -19° 44’ 44” 22.41 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 11 16h 46m 05s -19° 47’ 48” 22.42 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 12 16h 47m 21s -19° 50’ 48” 22.43 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 13 16h 48m 38s -19° 53’ 45” 22.45 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 14 16h 49m 54s -19° 56’ 40” 22.46 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 15 16h 51m 10s -19° 59’ 32” 22.48 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 16 16h 52m 26s -20° 02’ 21” 22.49 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 17 16h 53m 40s -20° 05’ 07” 22.50 Ophiucus

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 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* 2024-Jan-30
Distance of closest approach* 0.49925654 AU
74,687,715 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.