Comet 68P/Klemola is currently in the constellation of Cancer. The current Right Ascension of Comet 68P/Klemola is 07h 59m 55s and the Declination is +11° 40’ 29” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 68P/Klemola is 25.48 (JPL).
Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet 68P/Klemola from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):
- 68P/Klemola is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- Right now it is placed in the East direction at an altitude of 10° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, 68P/Klemola is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Comet 68P/Klemola Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 68P/Klemola 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.
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 68P/Klemola is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
RA: 07h 59m 55s
Dec: +11° 40’ 29”
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
Also check out Where is Comet 68P/Klemola?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 68P/Klemola in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet 68P/Klemola Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 68P/Klemola from Earth is currently 1,025,780,846 kilometers, equivalent to 6.856921 Astronomical Units. Light takes 57 minutes and 1.6366 seconds to travel from Comet 68P/Klemola and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 68P/Klemola 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 68P/Klemola from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest Approach of Comet 68P/Klemola to Earth
Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 68P/Klemola to Earth happens on Thu Aug 14 2081 at a distance of 1.062222 Astronomical Units, or 158,906,193 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 68P/Klemola Brightness
The current visual magnitude of Comet 68P/Klemola is 25.48.
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 68P/Klemola, 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 68P/Klemola Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 68P/Klemola at epoch 27 February 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457446.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||1.76205307 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2019-Nov-11 22:08:41
|Next perihelion transit||2030-Sep-15 15:40
|Argument of perihelion||peri||153.83989025349°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||175.30038456921°|
Visualization of Comet 68P/Klemola Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 68P/Klemola with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 68P/Klemola 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!
View Comet 68P/Klemola in the 3D Solar System Simulator
Comet 68P/Klemola 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 68P/Klemola computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 68P/Klemola in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2023 Mar 25||08h 00m 24s||+11° 27’ 46”||25.42||Cancer|
|2023 Mar 26||08h 00m 19s||+11° 29’ 32”||25.43||Cancer|
|2023 Mar 27||08h 00m 12s||+11° 31’ 18”||25.44||Cancer|
|2023 Mar 28||08h 00m 08s||+11° 33’ 01”||25.44||Cancer|
|2023 Mar 29||08h 00m 05s||+11° 34’ 42”||25.45||Cancer|
|2023 Mar 30||08h 00m 02s||+11° 36’ 21”||25.46||Cancer|
|2023 Mar 31||07h 59m 58s||+11° 38’ 00”||25.47||Cancer|
|2023 Apr 01||07h 59m 57s||+11° 39’ 37”||25.47||Cancer|
|2023 Apr 02||07h 59m 54s||+11° 41’ 12”||25.48||Cancer|
|2023 Apr 03||07h 59m 53s||+11° 42’ 45”||25.49||Cancer|
|2023 Apr 04||07h 59m 53s||+11° 44’ 16”||25.50||Cancer|
|2023 Apr 05||07h 59m 53s||+11° 45’ 44”||25.50||Cancer|
|2023 Apr 06||07h 59m 53s||+11° 47’ 12”||25.51||Cancer|
|2023 Apr 07||07h 59m 56s||+11° 48’ 38”||25.52||Cancer|