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Comet 65P/Gunn

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Comet 65P/Gunn Position

Comet 65P/Gunn is currently in the constellation of Aries. The current Right Ascension is 02h 56m 21s and the Declination is +15° 34’ 33”.

02h 56m 21s
+15° 34’ 33”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 65P/Gunn is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 65P/Gunn in Aries on March, 31 2020
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 65P/Gunn is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 02h 56m 21s
Dec: +15° 34’ 33”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 65P/Gunn
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Comet 65P/Gunn Distance

The distance of Comet 65P/Gunn from Earth is currently 785,361,491 kilometers, equivalent to 5.249817 Astronomical Units. Light takes 43 minutes and 39.6840 seconds to travel from Comet 65P/Gunn and arrive to us.

43 minutes and 39.6840 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.

Distance of Comet 65P/Gunn 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 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 1.67866356 Astronomical Units, or 251,124,494 kilometers:

Fri Jun 15 2040

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

Comet 65P/Gunn brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 65P/Gunn is 19.39.


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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 65P/Gunn between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 65P/Gunn 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 65P/Gunn rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 74.5°
Max altitude: 54.1°
Azimuth: 285.6°
Comet 65P/Gunn 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 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

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 65P/Gunn at epoch 27 January 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457781.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.25053913
Orbit inclination i 9.18329819°
Perihelion distance q 2.91038124 AU
435,386,837 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.85621831 AU
726,479,920 km
Semi-major axis a 3.88329977 AU
580,933,379 km
Orbital period period 7.6500 years
2,795.1158 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Oct-16 09:13:59
2,458,042.8847 JD
Next perihelion transit 2025-Jun-11 12:00
2,460,838.0005 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 213.45316608163°
Longitude of the ascending node node 62.019009953873°
Mean anomaly M 326.33466944314°
Mean motion n 0.12879610°/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
2020 Mar 24 02h 49m 15s +14° 55’ 58” 19.34 Aries
2020 Mar 25 02h 50m 08s +15° 00’ 50” 19.35 Aries
2020 Mar 26 02h 51m 01s +15° 05’ 42” 19.35 Aries
2020 Mar 27 02h 51m 54s +15° 10’ 32” 19.36 Aries
2020 Mar 28 02h 52m 47s +15° 15’ 24” 19.37 Aries
2020 Mar 29 02h 53m 42s +15° 20’ 16” 19.37 Aries
2020 Mar 30 02h 54m 36s +15° 25’ 06” 19.38 Aries
2020 Mar 31 02h 55m 29s +15° 29’ 57” 19.38 Aries
2020 Apr 01 02h 56m 23s +15° 34’ 48” 19.39 Aries
2020 Apr 02 02h 57m 19s +15° 39’ 38” 19.39 Aries
2020 Apr 03 02h 58m 14s +15° 44’ 27” 19.40 Aries
2020 Apr 04 02h 59m 08s +15° 49’ 17” 19.40 Aries
2020 Apr 05 03h 00m 05s +15° 54’ 06” 19.41 Aries
2020 Apr 06 03h 01m 00s +15° 58’ 54” 19.41 Aries