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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is currently in the constellation of Virgo.

The current Right Ascension of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is 13h 11m 15s and the Declination is -06° 55’ 20” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is 20.88 (JPL).

13h 11m 15s
-06° 55’ 20”

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 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 96.9°
Max altitude: 31.6°
Azimuth: 263.1°
  • 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Given its current magnitude, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko 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 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in Virgo on June,01 2023
Map showing Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in Virgo on June, 01 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
Map showing Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in Virgo on June, 01 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 13h 11m 15s
Dec: -06° 55’ 20”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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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 from Earth

The distance of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from Earth is currently 582,085,282 kilometers, equivalent to 3.891000 Astronomical Units. Light takes 32 minutes and 21.6275 seconds to travel from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and arrive to us.

32 minutes and 21.6275 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.

Chart of the distance of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko 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 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 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko to Earth happens on Fri Nov 12 2021 at a distance of 0.418168 Astronomical Units, or 62,557,001 kilometers:

Fri Nov 12 2021

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

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Brightness and Light Curve

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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as a function of time

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at epoch 25 October 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457687.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.64188972
Orbit inclination i 7.05257029°
Perihelion distance q 1.24057409 AU
185,587,243 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.68787321 AU
850,893,723 km
Semi-major axis a 3.46422365 AU
518,240,483 km
Orbital period period 6.4479 years
2,355.0889 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2015-Aug-13 09:46:07
2,457,247.9070 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Jan-23 11:54
2,459,602.9960 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 12.839852347612°
Longitude of the ascending node node 50.047237228805°
Mean anomaly M 67.196388451589°
Mean motion n 0.15286047°/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
2023 May 25 13h 13m 40s -07° 06’ 32” 20.80 Virgo
2023 May 26 13h 13m 17s -07° 04’ 42” 20.81 Virgo
2023 May 27 13h 12m 55s -07° 02’ 58” 20.82 Virgo
2023 May 28 13h 12m 33s -07° 01’ 20” 20.83 Virgo
2023 May 29 13h 12m 14s -06° 59’ 47” 20.85 Virgo
2023 May 30 13h 11m 54s -06° 58’ 18” 20.86 Virgo
2023 May 31 13h 11m 36s -06° 56’ 56” 20.87 Virgo
2023 Jun 01 13h 11m 20s -06° 55’ 37” 20.88 Virgo
2023 Jun 02 13h 11m 03s -06° 54’ 24” 20.89 Virgo
2023 Jun 03 13h 10m 46s -06° 53’ 17” 20.90 Virgo
2023 Jun 04 13h 10m 32s -06° 52’ 14” 20.92 Virgo
2023 Jun 05 13h 10m 18s -06° 51’ 15” 20.93 Virgo
2023 Jun 06 13h 10m 05s -06° 50’ 22” 20.94 Virgo
2023 Jun 07 13h 09m 52s -06° 49’ 36” 20.95 Virgo