Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels Position
Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)
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Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels Distance
The distance of Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels from Earth is currently 550,066,190 kilometers, equivalent to 3.676965 Astronomical Units. Light takes 30 minutes and 34.8233 seconds to travel from Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels 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.
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 64P/Swift-Gehrels from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels to Earth happens on Sun Oct 28 2018 at a distance of 0.44480490 Astronomical Units, or 66,541,866 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels brightness
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 64P/Swift-Gehrels, 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.
Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels 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 64P/Swift-Gehrels Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||1.39335309 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2018-Nov-03 21:53:28
|Next perihelion transit||2028-Mar-31 19:11
|Argument of perihelion||peri||97.14410525138°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||300.00098545431°|
Visualization of Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels 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!
Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2020 Mar 22||11h 05m 40s||-03° 54’ 51”||22.17||Leo|
|2020 Mar 23||11h 05m 03s||-03° 50’ 39”||22.17||Leo|
|2020 Mar 24||11h 04m 26s||-03° 46’ 28”||22.18||Leo|
|2020 Mar 25||11h 03m 48s||-03° 42’ 18”||22.19||Leo|
|2020 Mar 26||11h 03m 11s||-03° 38’ 08”||22.20||Leo|
|2020 Mar 27||11h 02m 35s||-03° 34’ 00”||22.21||Leo|
|2020 Mar 28||11h 02m 00s||-03° 29’ 52”||22.22||Leo|
|2020 Mar 29||11h 01m 26s||-03° 25’ 45”||22.23||Leo|
|2020 Mar 30||11h 00m 51s||-03° 21’ 41”||22.24||Leo|
|2020 Mar 31||11h 00m 19s||-03° 17’ 38”||22.26||Leo|
|2020 Apr 01||10h 59m 45s||-03° 13’ 36”||22.27||Leo|
|2020 Apr 02||10h 59m 13s||-03° 09’ 36”||22.28||Leo|
|2020 Apr 03||10h 58m 42s||-03° 05’ 39”||22.29||Leo|
|2020 Apr 04||10h 58m 12s||-03° 01’ 42”||22.30||Leo|