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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 April, 23 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
15h 45m 15s
-20° 28’ 49”
22.85
 = 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: 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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Apr 16 22.87 15h 49m 03s -20° 37’ 29” Scorpius
2018 Apr 17 22.86 15h 48m 32s -20° 36’ 21” Scorpius
2018 Apr 18 22.86 15h 48m 01s -20° 35’ 12” Scorpius
2018 Apr 19 22.86 15h 47m 29s -20° 33’ 59” Scorpius
2018 Apr 20 22.86 15h 46m 55s -20° 32’ 44” Libra
2018 Apr 21 22.85 15h 46m 23s -20° 31’ 27” Libra
2018 Apr 22 22.85 15h 45m 48s -20° 30’ 09” Libra
2018 Apr 23 22.85 15h 45m 15s -20° 28’ 49” Libra
2018 Apr 24 22.85 15h 44m 39s -20° 27’ 25” Libra
2018 Apr 25 22.84 15h 44m 04s -20° 26’ 00” Libra
2018 Apr 26 22.84 15h 43m 28s -20° 24’ 34” Libra
2018 Apr 27 22.84 15h 42m 52s -20° 23’ 06” Libra
2018 Apr 28 22.84 15h 42m 16s -20° 21’ 35” Libra
2018 Apr 29 22.84 15h 41m 39s -20° 20’ 03” 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.