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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 Ophiucus. The current Right Ascension is 17h 40m 29s and the Declination is -24° 16’ 57”.

17h 40m 29s
-24° 16’ 57”

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

Map showing Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 in Ophiucus on October, 18 2019
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 is right now (view fullscreen)

62P/Tsuchinshan 1
RA: 17h 40m 29s
Dec: -24° 16’ 57”
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 785,581,414 kilometers, equivalent to 5.251287 Astronomical Units. Light takes 43 minutes and 40.4175 seconds to travel from Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 and arrive to us.

43 minutes and 40.4175 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 0.41266739 Astronomical Units, or 61,734,162 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 33.85.


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.

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: 114.3°
Max altitude: 14.2°
Azimuth: 245.7°
Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 is below 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, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere 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
2019 Oct 11 17h 36m 00s -24° 11’ 32” 33.74 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 12 17h 36m 37s -24° 12’ 20” 33.75 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 13 17h 37m 14s -24° 13’ 08” 33.77 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 14 17h 37m 51s -24° 13’ 54” 33.78 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 15 17h 38m 30s -24° 14’ 40” 33.80 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 16 17h 39m 10s -24° 15’ 25” 33.82 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 17 17h 39m 48s -24° 16’ 11” 33.83 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 18 17h 40m 28s -24° 16’ 56” 33.85 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 19 17h 41m 09s -24° 17’ 40” 33.86 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 20 17h 41m 51s -24° 18’ 24” 33.88 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 21 17h 42m 32s -24° 19’ 08” 33.89 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 22 17h 43m 14s -24° 19’ 50” 33.91 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 23 17h 43m 57s -24° 20’ 31” 33.92 Sagittarius
2019 Oct 24 17h 44m 39s -24° 21’ 14” 33.94 Sagittarius