Comet 65P/Gunn is currently in the constellation of Gemini. The current Right Ascension of Comet 65P/Gunn is 07h 37m 25s and the Declination is +29° 14’ 05” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 65P/Gunn is 19.21 (JPL).
Summary of key facts about Comet 65P/Gunn [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:
- 65P/Gunn is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the North-West direction at an altitude of 4° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, 65P/Gunn is visible only through long exposure photography.
- See also 65P/Gunn rise and set times.
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Comet 65P/Gunn Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 65P/Gunn finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.
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.
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 597,310,680 kilometers, equivalent to 3.992775 Astronomical Units. Light takes 33 minutes and 12.4140 seconds to travel from Comet 65P/Gunn and arrive to us.
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.
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 January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 65P/Gunn to Earth happens on Fri Jun 15 2040 at a distance of 1.678774 Astronomical Units, or 251,141,003 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 65P/Gunn 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 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.
Comet 65P/Gunn rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 65P/Gunn 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 65P/Gunn Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||2.91026309 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2017-Oct-16 12:22:51
|Next perihelion transit||2025-Jun-10 15:10
|Argument of perihelion||peri||213.48106976049°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||62.017373902391°|
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.
|2021 Dec 02||07h 40m 39s||+28° 53’ 31”||19.25||Gemini|
|2021 Dec 03||07h 40m 15s||+28° 56’ 16”||19.25||Gemini|
|2021 Dec 04||07h 39m 51s||+28° 59’ 00”||19.24||Gemini|
|2021 Dec 05||07h 39m 26s||+29° 01’ 45”||19.24||Gemini|
|2021 Dec 06||07h 39m 02s||+29° 04’ 32”||19.23||Gemini|
|2021 Dec 07||07h 38m 35s||+29° 07’ 18”||19.22||Gemini|
|2021 Dec 08||07h 38m 08s||+29° 10’ 05”||19.22||Gemini|
|2021 Dec 09||07h 37m 39s||+29° 12’ 51”||19.21||Gemini|
|2021 Dec 10||07h 37m 09s||+29° 15’ 39”||19.21||Gemini|
|2021 Dec 11||07h 36m 39s||+29° 18’ 27”||19.20||Gemini|
|2021 Dec 12||07h 36m 10s||+29° 21’ 14”||19.20||Gemini|
|2021 Dec 13||07h 35m 38s||+29° 24’ 02”||19.19||Gemini|
|2021 Dec 14||07h 35m 05s||+29° 26’ 48”||19.19||Gemini|
|2021 Dec 15||07h 34m 32s||+29° 29’ 35”||19.18||Gemini|