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Comet 65P/Gunn

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Comet 65P/Gunn Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 65P/Gunn 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 65P/Gunn in Aquarius on October, 20 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
22h 47m 30s
-19° 42’ 40”

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 65P/Gunn Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 65P/Gunn rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 109.7°
Max altitude: 18.8°
Azimuth: 250.3°

Comet 65P/Gunn Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 65P/Gunn with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 65P/Gunn 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 65P/Gunn Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 65P/Gunn computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 65P/Gunn in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Oct 13 22h 49m 12s -20° 00’ 07” 16.73 Aquarius
2018 Oct 14 22h 48m 54s -19° 58’ 11” 16.74 Aquarius
2018 Oct 15 22h 48m 38s -19° 56’ 08” 16.75 Aquarius
2018 Oct 16 22h 48m 23s -19° 53’ 56” 16.76 Aquarius
2018 Oct 17 22h 48m 08s -19° 51’ 35” 16.78 Aquarius
2018 Oct 18 22h 47m 56s -19° 49’ 06” 16.79 Aquarius
2018 Oct 19 22h 47m 44s -19° 46’ 32” 16.80 Aquarius
2018 Oct 20 22h 47m 34s -19° 43’ 48” 16.82 Aquarius
2018 Oct 21 22h 47m 25s -19° 40’ 57” 16.83 Aquarius
2018 Oct 22 22h 47m 16s -19° 37’ 58” 16.84 Aquarius
2018 Oct 23 22h 47m 08s -19° 34’ 51” 16.86 Aquarius
2018 Oct 24 22h 47m 03s -19° 31’ 38” 16.87 Aquarius
2018 Oct 25 22h 46m 59s -19° 28’ 18” 16.88 Aquarius
2018 Oct 26 22h 46m 54s -19° 24’ 51” 16.90 Aquarius

Distance of Comet 65P/Gunn from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 65P/Gunn 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 65P/Gunn is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 65P/Gunn from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 65P/Gunn

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 65P/Gunn, 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 65P/Gunn between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet 65P/Gunn Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 65P/Gunn at epoch 29 October 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457691.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.25091960
Orbit inclination i 9.18043052°
Perihelion distance q 2.91065336 AU
435,427,546 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.86061752 AU
727,138,032 km
Semi-major axis a 3.88563544 AU
581,282,789 km
Orbital period period 7.6600 years
2,797.6379 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Oct-16 00:20:04
2,458,042.5139 JD
Next perihelion transit 2025-Jun-13 15:38
2,460,840.1518 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 213.37245881346°
Longitude of the ascending node node 62.029521248804°
Mean anomaly M 314.83153232862°
Mean motion n 0.12867998°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2040-Jun-15
Distance of closest approach* 1.67862831 AU
251,119,222 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.