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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 Minor on January, 17 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
10h 59m 53s
+26° 08’ 06”
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 = 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: 63.9°
Max altitude: 64.7°
Azimuth: 296.1°

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
2017 Jan 10 21.39 11h 02m 02s +25° 37’ 54” Leo Minor
2017 Jan 11 21.37 11h 01m 45s +25° 42’ 03” Leo Minor
2017 Jan 12 21.36 11h 01m 30s +25° 46’ 17” Leo Minor
2017 Jan 13 21.34 11h 01m 11s +25° 50’ 33” Leo Minor
2017 Jan 14 21.33 11h 00m 54s +25° 54’ 51” Leo Minor
2017 Jan 15 21.32 11h 00m 34s +25° 59’ 13” Leo Minor
2017 Jan 16 21.30 11h 00m 14s +26° 03’ 38” Leo Minor
2017 Jan 17 21.29 10h 59m 53s +26° 08’ 06” Leo Minor
2017 Jan 18 21.27 10h 59m 30s +26° 12’ 36” Leo Minor
2017 Jan 19 21.26 10h 59m 07s +26° 17’ 08” Leo Minor
2017 Jan 20 21.25 10h 58m 42s +26° 21’ 42” Leo Minor
2017 Jan 21 21.23 10h 58m 18s +26° 26’ 18” Leo Minor
2017 Jan 22 21.22 10h 57m 51s +26° 30’ 56” Leo Minor
2017 Jan 23 21.21 10h 57m 24s +26° 35’ 36” Leo Minor

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.