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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 Leo on December, 11 2016
High Precision Live Sky Chart
11h 02m 40s
+24° 07’ 23”
21.83
 = 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: 65.9°
Max altitude: 62.6°
Azimuth: 294.1°

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
2016 Dec 04 21.93 11h 01m 04s +23° 57’ 11” Leo
2016 Dec 05 21.91 11h 01m 19s +23° 58’ 23” Leo
2016 Dec 06 21.90 11h 01m 35s +23° 59’ 39” Leo
2016 Dec 07 21.88 11h 01m 50s +24° 01’ 01” Leo
2016 Dec 08 21.87 11h 02m 03s +24° 02’ 30” Leo
2016 Dec 09 21.86 11h 02m 17s +24° 04’ 01” Leo
2016 Dec 10 21.84 11h 02m 30s +24° 05’ 39” Leo
2016 Dec 11 21.83 11h 02m 40s +24° 07’ 23” Leo
2016 Dec 12 21.81 11h 02m 52s +24° 09’ 11” Leo
2016 Dec 13 21.80 11h 03m 02s +24° 11’ 04” Leo
2016 Dec 14 21.78 11h 03m 11s +24° 13’ 04” Leo
2016 Dec 15 21.77 11h 03m 20s +24° 15’ 07” Leo
2016 Dec 16 21.75 11h 03m 29s +24° 17’ 17” Leo
2016 Dec 17 21.74 11h 03m 36s +24° 19’ 32” Leo

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 January 2030

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 January 2030

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* 2018-May-18
Distance of closest approach* 0.89980488 AU
134,608,894 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2030-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.