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public LocationGreenwich, United Kingdom
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 12:59 
Sunset: 21:16
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Comet 65P/Gunn

Below the horizon.  Rise: 13:41 | Tran: 19:55 | Set: 2:14
Altitude: -27.7°   Azimuth: 319.8°   Direction: North-West

Comet 65P/Gunn is currently in the constellation of Virgo, at a distance of 454,146,258 kilometers from Earth. The current Right Ascension of Comet 65P/Gunn is 12h 34m 01s and the Declination is +03° 18’ 41” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 65P/Gunn is 17.43 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 17.1 (COBS).

Finder chart of 65P/Gunn in Virgo on June,15 2024
Map showing Comet 65P/Gunn in Virgo on June, 15 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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12h 34m 01s
+03° 18’ 41”

The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted 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.

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet 65P/Gunn from Greenwich, United Kingdom (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 86.7°
Max altitude: 41.8°
Azimuth: 273.3°

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Additional Resources

Comet 65P/Gunn Position and Finder Charts

Finder chart of 65P/Gunn
Map showing Comet 65P/Gunn in Virgo on June, 15 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 65P/Gunn is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 12h 34m 01s
Dec: +03° 18’ 41”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 65P/Gunn
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 65P/Gunn?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 65P/Gunn in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 65P/Gunn Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 65P/Gunn from Earth is currently 454,146,258 kilometers, equivalent to 3.035780 Astronomical Units. Light takes 25 minutes and 14.8689 seconds to travel from Comet 65P/Gunn and arrive to us.

25 minutes and 14.8689 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 65P/Gunn 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.

Chart of the distance of Comet 65P/Gunn from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 65P/Gunn from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet 65P/Gunn to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 65P/Gunn to Earth happens on Fri Jun 15 2040 at a distance of 1.678801 Astronomical Units, or 251,145,004 kilometers:

Fri Jun 15 2040

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

Comet 65P/Gunn Brightness and Light Curve

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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet 65P/Gunn as a function of time

Comet 65P/Gunn Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 65P/Gunn at epoch 14 May 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457888.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.25025692
Orbit inclination i 9.18473308°
Perihelion distance q 2.91014913 AU
435,352,114 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.85290788 AU
725,984,687 km
Semi-major axis a 3.88152850 AU
580,668,400 km
Orbital period period 7.6474 years
2,793.2036 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Oct-16 15:15:43
2,458,043.1359 JD
Next perihelion transit 2025-Jun-09 20:08
2,460,836.3395 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 213.50647067392°
Longitude of the ascending node node 62.016936231311°
Mean anomaly M 340.06986304354°
Mean motion n 0.12888427°/day

Visualization of Comet 65P/Gunn Orbit

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 15 Days 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
2024 Jun 08 12h 32m 35s +03° 52’ 29” 17.38 Virgo
2024 Jun 09 12h 32m 44s +03° 48’ 06” 17.39 Virgo
2024 Jun 10 12h 32m 53s +03° 43’ 36” 17.40 Virgo
2024 Jun 11 12h 33m 05s +03° 39’ 02” 17.40 Virgo
2024 Jun 12 12h 33m 15s +03° 34’ 20” 17.41 Virgo
2024 Jun 13 12h 33m 29s +03° 29’ 33” 17.41 Virgo
2024 Jun 14 12h 33m 42s +03° 24’ 41” 17.42 Virgo
2024 Jun 15 12h 33m 57s +03° 19’ 41” 17.43 Virgo
2024 Jun 16 12h 34m 14s +03° 14’ 39” 17.43 Virgo
2024 Jun 17 12h 34m 31s +03° 09’ 29” 17.44 Virgo
2024 Jun 18 12h 34m 48s +03° 04’ 14” 17.44 Virgo
2024 Jun 19 12h 35m 07s +02° 58’ 54” 17.45 Virgo
2024 Jun 20 12h 35m 26s +02° 53’ 30” 17.46 Virgo
2024 Jun 21 12h 35m 48s +02° 48’ 01” 17.46 Virgo