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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Position

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is currently in the constellation of Scorpius. The current Right Ascension is 16h 06m 58s and the Declination is -23° 27’ 25”.

16h 06m 58s
-23° 27’ 25”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in Scorpius on August, 19 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is right now (view fullscreen)

67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
RA: 16h 06m 58s
Dec: -23° 27’ 25”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
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Also check out Where is Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Distance

The distance of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from Earth is currently 757,563,984 kilometers, equivalent to 5.064002 Astronomical Units. Light takes 42 minutes and 6.9614 seconds to travel from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and arrive to us.

757,563,984
5.064002
42 minutes and 6.9614 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko 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 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko 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 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko to Earth happens on Fri Nov 12 2021 at a distance of 0.41819431 Astronomical Units, or 62,560,978 kilometers:

Fri Nov 12 2021
62,560,978
0.418194

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

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is 22.79.

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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 behvior 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 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, 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 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko 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 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 113.5°
Max altitude: 15.1°
Azimuth: 246.5°
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at epoch 23 October 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455493.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.64058474
Orbit inclination i 7.04369869°
Perihelion distance q 1.24527937 AU
186,291,142 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.68419467 AU
850,343,421 km
Semi-major axis a 3.46473702 AU
518,317,281 km
Orbital period period 6.4500 years
2,355.6125 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2009-Feb-28 12:42:25
2,454,891.0295 JD
Next perihelion transit 2015-Aug-12 03:24
2,457,246.6419 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 12.694464049062°
Longitude of the ascending node node 50.180001144376°
Mean anomaly M 92.073462245369°
Mean motion n 0.15282650°/day

Visualization of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko 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 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Aug 12 16h 06m 38s -23° 28’ 58” 22.76 Scorpius
2019 Aug 13 16h 06m 38s -23° 28’ 38” 22.76 Scorpius
2019 Aug 14 16h 06m 38s -23° 28’ 22” 22.77 Scorpius
2019 Aug 15 16h 06m 39s -23° 28’ 06” 22.77 Scorpius
2019 Aug 16 16h 06m 42s -23° 27’ 55” 22.77 Scorpius
2019 Aug 17 16h 06m 46s -23° 27’ 43” 22.78 Scorpius
2019 Aug 18 16h 06m 48s -23° 27’ 36” 22.78 Scorpius
2019 Aug 19 16h 06m 53s -23° 27’ 29” 22.78 Scorpius
2019 Aug 20 16h 06m 59s -23° 27’ 24” 22.79 Scorpius
2019 Aug 21 16h 07m 05s -23° 27’ 23” 22.79 Scorpius
2019 Aug 22 16h 07m 12s -23° 27’ 23” 22.80 Scorpius
2019 Aug 23 16h 07m 19s -23° 27’ 24” 22.80 Scorpius
2019 Aug 24 16h 07m 28s -23° 27’ 29” 22.80 Scorpius
2019 Aug 25 16h 07m 37s -23° 27’ 34” 22.81 Scorpius