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Comet 66P/du Toit

Altitude: 51.9°   Azimuth: 278.8°   Direction: West

Comet 66P/du Toit is currently in the constellation of Auriga.

The current Right Ascension of Comet 66P/du Toit is 06h 03m 30s and the Declination is +42° 23’ 35” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 66P/du Toit is 27.68 (JPL).

06h 03m 30s
+42° 23’ 35”

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 66P/du Toit from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Today Comet 66P/du Toit is circumpolar and transits at 01:09 UTC reaching a maximum altitude of 80.9°.
  • 66P/du Toit is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the West direction at an altitude of 52° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 66P/du Toit is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Available Resources

Comet 66P/du Toit Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 66P/du Toit 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.

Finder chart of 66P/du Toit in Auriga on December,05 2023
Map showing Comet 66P/du Toit in Auriga on December, 05 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 66P/du Toit
Map showing Comet 66P/du Toit in Auriga on December, 05 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 66P/du Toit is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

66P/du Toit
RA: 06h 03m 30s
Dec: +42° 23’ 35”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 66P/du Toit
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 66P/du Toit?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 66P/du Toit in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 66P/du Toit Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 66P/du Toit from Earth is currently 1,413,541,068 kilometers, equivalent to 9.448938 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 18 minutes and 35.0655 seconds to travel from Comet 66P/du Toit and arrive to us.

1 hours, 18 minutes and 35.0655 seconds

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

Closest Approach of Comet 66P/du Toit to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 66P/du Toit to Earth happens on Fri May 18 2018 at a distance of 0.896003 Astronomical Units, or 134,040,105 kilometers:

Fri May 18 2018

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

Comet 66P/du Toit Brightness and Light Curve

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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet 66P/du Toit as a function of time

Comet 66P/du Toit Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 66P/du Toit at epoch 30 October 2014 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456961.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.78656817
Orbit inclination i 18.66897133°
Perihelion distance q 1.28545145 AU
192,300,800 km
Aphelion distance Q 10.76009448 AU
1,609,687,226 km
Semi-major axis a 6.02277296 AU
900,994,013 km
Orbital period period 14.7810 years
5,398.7494 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-May-20 11:15:17
2,458,258.9689 JD
Next perihelion transit 2033-Mar-01 05:14
2,463,657.7183 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 257.34273411042°
Longitude of the ascending node node 21.999850955098°
Mean anomaly M 273.48203248283°
Mean motion n 0.06668211°/day

Visualization of Comet 66P/du Toit Orbit

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 15 Days 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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Nov 28 06h 06m 44s +42° 17’ 09” 27.68 Auriga
2023 Nov 29 06h 06m 19s +42° 18’ 11” 27.68 Auriga
2023 Nov 30 06h 05m 52s +42° 19’ 09” 27.68 Auriga
2023 Dec 01 06h 05m 26s +42° 20’ 04” 27.68 Auriga
2023 Dec 02 06h 04m 59s +42° 20’ 58” 27.68 Auriga
2023 Dec 03 06h 04m 32s +42° 21’ 51” 27.68 Auriga
2023 Dec 04 06h 04m 04s +42° 22’ 40” 27.68 Auriga
2023 Dec 05 06h 03m 35s +42° 23’ 26” 27.68 Auriga
2023 Dec 06 06h 03m 09s +42° 24’ 11” 27.68 Auriga
2023 Dec 07 06h 02m 39s +42° 24’ 52” 27.68 Auriga
2023 Dec 08 06h 02m 12s +42° 25’ 32” 27.68 Auriga
2023 Dec 09 06h 01m 44s +42° 26’ 09” 27.68 Auriga
2023 Dec 10 06h 01m 14s +42° 26’ 44” 27.68 Auriga
2023 Dec 11 06h 00m 46s +42° 27’ 15” 27.68 Auriga