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Comet 68P/Klemola

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Comet 68P/Klemola Position

Comet 68P/Klemola is currently in the constellation of Aquarius. The current Right Ascension is 21h 27m 33s and the Declination is -13° 32’ 57”.

21h 27m 33s
-13° 32’ 57”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 68P/Klemola is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 68P/Klemola in Aquarius on December, 14 2019
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 68P/Klemola is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 21h 27m 33s
Dec: -13° 32’ 57”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 68P/Klemola
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Comet 68P/Klemola Distance

The distance of Comet 68P/Klemola from Earth is currently 323,186,078 kilometers, equivalent to 2.160365 Astronomical Units. Light takes 17 minutes and 58.0327 seconds to travel from Comet 68P/Klemola and arrive to us.

17 minutes and 58.0327 seconds

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.

Distance of Comet 68P/Klemola from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

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 January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 68P/Klemola to Earth happens on Thu Aug 14 2081 at a distance of 1.06223198 Astronomical Units, or 158,907,643 kilometers:

Thu Aug 14 2081

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 15.89.


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 behvior 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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 68P/Klemola between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 68P/Klemola rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Comet 68P/Klemola rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 103.6°
Max altitude: 24.9°
Azimuth: 256.4°
Comet 68P/Klemola is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 68P/Klemola touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet 68P/Klemola Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 68P/Klemola at epoch 03 May 2014 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456781.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.63900529
Orbit inclination i 11.13619515°
Perihelion distance q 1.76781671 AU
264,461,616 km
Aphelion distance Q 8.02632519 AU
1,200,721,161 km
Semi-major axis a 4.89707095 AU
732,591,388 km
Orbital period period 10.8400 years
3,958.2482 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2009-Jan-17 11:21:36
2,454,848.9733 JD
Next perihelion transit 2019-Nov-19 17:18
2,458,807.2215 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 153.98291529343°
Longitude of the ascending node node 175.3688467894°
Mean anomaly M 175.7619950065°
Mean motion n 0.09094932°/day

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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet 68P/Klemola
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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.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Dec 07 21h 06m 19s -14° 26’ 14” 15.77 Aquarius
2019 Dec 08 21h 08m 58s -14° 20’ 08” 15.78 Aquarius
2019 Dec 09 21h 11m 39s -14° 13’ 53” 15.80 Aquarius
2019 Dec 10 21h 14m 18s -14° 07’ 26” 15.81 Aquarius
2019 Dec 11 21h 16m 59s -14° 00’ 50” 15.83 Aquarius
2019 Dec 12 21h 19m 39s -13° 54’ 03” 15.84 Aquarius
2019 Dec 13 21h 22m 18s -13° 47’ 08” 15.86 Aquarius
2019 Dec 14 21h 24m 57s -13° 40’ 01” 15.87 Aquarius
2019 Dec 15 21h 27m 37s -13° 32’ 47” 15.89 Capricornus
2019 Dec 16 21h 30m 15s -13° 25’ 23” 15.90 Capricornus
2019 Dec 17 21h 32m 54s -13° 17’ 49” 15.92 Capricornus
2019 Dec 18 21h 35m 33s -13° 10’ 06” 15.94 Capricornus
2019 Dec 19 21h 38m 11s -13° 02’ 16” 15.95 Capricornus
2019 Dec 20 21h 40m 49s -12° 54’ 15” 15.97 Capricornus