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Comet 66P/du Toit

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Comet 66P/du Toit Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 66P/du Toit 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 66P/du Toit in Cetus on July, 23 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
01h 25m 09s
-17° 56’ 35”
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 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet 66P/du Toit Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 66P/du Toit rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 107.9°
Max altitude: 20.6°
Azimuth: 252.1°

Comet 66P/du Toit Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 66P/du Toit with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 66P/du Toit 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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet 66P/du Toit
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Comet 66P/du Toit Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 66P/du Toit computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 66P/du Toit in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Jul 16 13.41 01h 21m 00s -19° 07’ 26” Cetus
2018 Jul 17 13.42 01h 21m 43s -18° 56’ 40” Cetus
2018 Jul 18 13.44 01h 22m 26s -18° 46’ 08” Cetus
2018 Jul 19 13.46 01h 23m 03s -18° 35’ 48” Cetus
2018 Jul 20 13.47 01h 23m 39s -18° 25’ 41” Cetus
2018 Jul 21 13.49 01h 24m 12s -18° 15’ 47” Cetus
2018 Jul 22 13.51 01h 24m 42s -18° 06’ 05” Cetus
2018 Jul 23 13.52 01h 25m 09s -17° 56’ 35” Cetus
2018 Jul 24 13.54 01h 25m 32s -17° 47’ 16” Cetus
2018 Jul 25 13.56 01h 25m 53s -17° 38’ 08” Cetus
2018 Jul 26 13.58 01h 26m 11s -17° 29’ 13” Cetus
2018 Jul 27 13.59 01h 26m 26s -17° 20’ 30” Cetus
2018 Jul 28 13.61 01h 26m 36s -17° 11’ 57” Cetus
2018 Jul 29 13.63 01h 26m 45s -17° 03’ 33” Cetus

Distance of Comet 66P/du Toit from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 66P/du Toit 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 66P/du Toit is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 66P/du Toit from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 66P/du Toit

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 66P/du Toit, 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 66P/du Toit between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet 66P/du Toit Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 66P/du Toit at epoch 09 October 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455479.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.78737712
Orbit inclination i 18.66589393°
Perihelion distance q 1.27782791 AU
191,160,335 km
Aphelion distance Q 10.74183752 AU
1,606,956,023 km
Semi-major axis a 6.00983272 AU
899,058,179 km
Orbital period period 14.7300 years
5,381.3595 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2003-Aug-28 18:16:32
2,452,880.2615 JD
Next perihelion transit 2018-May-23 02:54
2,458,261.6209 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 257.50585511317°
Longitude of the ascending node node 21.968492245388°
Mean anomaly M 173.88280295709°
Mean motion n 0.06689759°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2018-May-18
Distance of closest approach* 0.89600123 AU
134,039,876 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.