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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 Aquarius on April, 23 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
22h 37m 00s
-19° 17’ 30”
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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 local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 109.3°
Max altitude: 19.2°
Azimuth: 250.7°

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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Apr 16 26.40 22h 34m 32s -19° 27’ 59” Aquarius
2017 Apr 17 26.40 22h 34m 54s -19° 26’ 21” Aquarius
2017 Apr 18 26.40 22h 35m 16s -19° 24’ 47” Aquarius
2017 Apr 19 26.40 22h 35m 36s -19° 23’ 14” Aquarius
2017 Apr 20 26.40 22h 35m 57s -19° 21’ 46” Aquarius
2017 Apr 21 26.40 22h 36m 19s -19° 20’ 17” Aquarius
2017 Apr 22 26.40 22h 36m 39s -19° 18’ 52” Aquarius
2017 Apr 23 26.40 22h 37m 00s -19° 17’ 30” Aquarius
2017 Apr 24 26.40 22h 37m 19s -19° 16’ 10” Aquarius
2017 Apr 25 26.40 22h 37m 39s -19° 14’ 53” Aquarius
2017 Apr 26 26.39 22h 37m 59s -19° 13’ 37” Aquarius
2017 Apr 27 26.39 22h 38m 17s -19° 12’ 25” Aquarius
2017 Apr 28 26.39 22h 38m 35s -19° 11’ 16” Aquarius
2017 Apr 29 26.39 22h 38m 53s -19° 10’ 09” Aquarius

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 2014 and January 2035

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 2014 and January 2035

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at epoch 22 July 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457592.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.64143658
Orbit inclination i 7.04529818°
Perihelion distance q 1.24235246 AU
185,853,282 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.68725817 AU
850,801,714 km
Semi-major axis a 3.46480531 AU
518,327,498 km
Orbital period period 6.4500 years
2,355.6821 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2015-Aug-13 05:16:24
2,457,247.7197 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Jan-23 21:38
2,459,603.4018 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 12.842101946382°
Longitude of the ascending node node 50.084666991403°
Mean anomaly M 52.690003837478°
Mean motion n 0.15282198°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2026-Jan-23
Distance of closest approach* 1.69864119 AU
254,113,105 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2014-Jan-01 and 2035-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.