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Comet 68P/Klemola

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Comet 68P/Klemola Position

Comet 68P/Klemola is currently in the constellation of Pisces. The current Right Ascension is 01h 32m 52s and the Declination is +04° 49’ 50”.

01h 32m 52s
+04° 49’ 50”

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

Map showing Comet 68P/Klemola in Pisces on March, 28 2020
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 68P/Klemola is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 01h 32m 52s
Dec: +04° 49’ 50”
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 480,251,016 kilometers, equivalent to 3.210280 Astronomical Units. Light takes 26 minutes and 41.9450 seconds to travel from Comet 68P/Klemola and arrive to us.

26 minutes and 41.9450 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 1.06223165 Astronomical Units, or 158,907,593 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 17.99.


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.

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: 85.2°
Max altitude: 43.4°
Azimuth: 274.9°
Comet 68P/Klemola is above 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, 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 68P/Klemola Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 68P/Klemola at epoch 27 October 2014 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456958.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.63916541
Orbit inclination i 11.14012569°
Perihelion distance q 1.76690002 AU
264,324,481 km
Aphelion distance Q 8.02650700 AU
1,200,748,358 km
Semi-major axis a 4.89670351 AU
732,536,420 km
Orbital period period 10.8400 years
3,957.8027 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Nov-18 05:13:40
2,458,805.7178 JD
Next perihelion transit 2030-Sep-19 00:29
2,462,763.5205 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 153.9590295086°
Longitude of the ascending node node 175.3595245487°
Mean anomaly M 191.97787483651°
Mean motion n 0.09095956°/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
2020 Mar 21 01h 17m 41s +03° 36’ 10” 17.85 Pisces
2020 Mar 22 01h 19m 46s +03° 46’ 23” 17.87 Pisces
2020 Mar 23 01h 21m 51s +03° 56’ 34” 17.89 Pisces
2020 Mar 24 01h 23m 56s +04° 06’ 41” 17.90 Pisces
2020 Mar 25 01h 25m 59s +04° 16’ 42” 17.92 Pisces
2020 Mar 26 01h 28m 03s +04° 26’ 42” 17.94 Pisces
2020 Mar 27 01h 30m 06s +04° 36’ 36” 17.96 Pisces
2020 Mar 28 01h 32m 09s +04° 46’ 26” 17.98 Pisces
2020 Mar 29 01h 34m 12s +04° 56’ 12” 18.00 Pisces
2020 Mar 30 01h 36m 15s +05° 05’ 53” 18.02 Pisces
2020 Mar 31 01h 38m 17s +05° 15’ 32” 18.04 Pisces
2020 Apr 01 01h 40m 18s +05° 25’ 05” 18.06 Pisces
2020 Apr 02 01h 42m 20s +05° 34’ 33” 18.08 Pisces
2020 Apr 03 01h 44m 21s +05° 43’ 59” 18.10 Pisces