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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko 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 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in Libra on October, 17 2018
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
15h 34m 12s
-20° 30’ 03”
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23.65
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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.

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 110.5°
Max altitude: 18.0°
Azimuth: 249.5°

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Orbit Diagram

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 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
2018 Oct 10 15h 29m 27s -20° 12’ 41” 23.63 Libra
2018 Oct 11 15h 30m 06s -20° 15’ 06” 23.63 Libra
2018 Oct 12 15h 30m 47s -20° 17’ 33” 23.63 Libra
2018 Oct 13 15h 31m 27s -20° 19’ 59” 23.64 Libra
2018 Oct 14 15h 32m 07s -20° 22’ 26” 23.64 Libra
2018 Oct 15 15h 32m 47s -20° 24’ 53” 23.64 Libra
2018 Oct 16 15h 33m 28s -20° 27’ 21” 23.65 Libra
2018 Oct 17 15h 34m 09s -20° 29’ 49” 23.65 Libra
2018 Oct 18 15h 34m 50s -20° 32’ 17” 23.65 Libra
2018 Oct 19 15h 35m 30s -20° 34’ 46” 23.65 Libra
2018 Oct 20 15h 36m 12s -20° 37’ 15” 23.66 Libra
2018 Oct 21 15h 36m 55s -20° 39’ 46” 23.66 Libra
2018 Oct 22 15h 37m 36s -20° 42’ 15” 23.66 Libra
2018 Oct 23 15h 38m 18s -20° 44’ 44” 23.66 Libra

Distance of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from Earth

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

Distance of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

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 2075

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
Closest approach to Earth* 2021-Nov-12
Distance of closest approach* 0.41819431 AU
62,560,978 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.