Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is 20h 05m 15s and the Declination is -23° 16’ 35” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is 19.66 (JPL).
Summary of key facts about Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:
- 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the South-West direction at an altitude of 4° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is visible only through long exposure photography.
- See also 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko rise and set times.
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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.
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.
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 602,280,425 kilometers, equivalent to 4.025996 Astronomical Units. Light takes 33 minutes and 28.9913 seconds to travel from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and arrive to us.
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.
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 January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko to Earth happens on Fri Nov 12 2021 at a distance of 0.418194 Astronomical Units, or 62,560,982 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko brightness
The observed magnitude and coma diameter values are derived from the Comet Observers Database by averaging the values reported in recent observations (more recent than 4 days), when available. The Estimated Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of comets. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Estimated 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.
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.
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||1.24527937 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2009-Feb-28 12:42:25
|Next perihelion transit||2015-Aug-12 03:24
|Argument of perihelion||peri||12.694464049062°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||50.180001144376°|
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!
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.
|2021 Jan 18||19h 53m 31s||-23° 48’ 54”||19.77||Sagittarius|
|2021 Jan 19||19h 55m 04s||-23° 44’ 50”||19.75||Sagittarius|
|2021 Jan 20||19h 56m 35s||-23° 40’ 44”||19.74||Sagittarius|
|2021 Jan 21||19h 58m 08s||-23° 36’ 33”||19.72||Sagittarius|
|2021 Jan 22||19h 59m 39s||-23° 32’ 21”||19.71||Sagittarius|
|2021 Jan 23||20h 01m 13s||-23° 28’ 04”||19.70||Sagittarius|
|2021 Jan 24||20h 02m 44s||-23° 23’ 43”||19.68||Sagittarius|
|2021 Jan 25||20h 04m 18s||-23° 19’ 19”||19.67||Sagittarius|
|2021 Jan 26||20h 05m 51s||-23° 14’ 52”||19.65||Sagittarius|
|2021 Jan 27||20h 07m 24s||-23° 10’ 22”||19.64||Sagittarius|
|2021 Jan 28||20h 08m 57s||-23° 05’ 48”||19.62||Capricornus|
|2021 Jan 29||20h 10m 31s||-23° 01’ 09”||19.61||Capricornus|
|2021 Jan 30||20h 12m 05s||-22° 56’ 30”||19.59||Capricornus|
|2021 Jan 31||20h 13m 38s||-22° 51’ 45”||19.57||Capricornus|