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Comet 68P/Klemola

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Comet 68P/Klemola Position

Comet 68P/Klemola is currently in the constellation of Ophiucus. The current Right Ascension is 17h 33m 01s and the Declination is -03° 32’ 07”.

17h 33m 01s
-03° 32’ 07”

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 Ophiucus on June, 19 2019
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Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 68P/Klemola is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 17h 33m 01s
Dec: -03° 32’ 07”
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 194,913,848 kilometers, equivalent to 1.302919 Astronomical Units. Light takes 10 minutes and 50.1626 seconds to travel from Comet 68P/Klemola and arrive to us.

10 minutes and 50.1626 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 2075

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 2075 the closest approach of Comet 68P/Klemola to Earth happens on Sat Aug 4 2068 at a distance of 1.09289265 Astronomical Units, or 163,494,413 kilometers:

Sat Aug 4 2068

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 16.15.


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 2075

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: 93.5°
Max altitude: 35.0°
Azimuth: 266.5°
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, 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 14 September 2007 00:00 UTC (JD: 2454358.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.64033755
Orbit inclination i 11.14571456°
Perihelion distance q 1.75808967 AU
263,006,471 km
Aphelion distance Q 8.01824177 AU
1,199,511,899 km
Semi-major axis a 4.88816572 AU
731,259,185 km
Orbital period period 10.8100 years
3,947.4561 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2009-Jan-21 03:22:48
2,454,852.6408 JD
Next perihelion transit 2019-Nov-12 14:19
2,458,800.0969 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 154.02391671579°
Longitude of the ascending node node 175.36195102592°
Mean anomaly M 314.93535676314°
Mean motion n 0.09119797°/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 Jun 12 17h 37m 59s -03° 52’ 18” 16.33 Ophiucus
2019 Jun 13 17h 37m 18s -03° 48’ 50” 16.31 Ophiucus
2019 Jun 14 17h 36m 37s -03° 45’ 33” 16.28 Ophiucus
2019 Jun 15 17h 35m 54s -03° 42’ 28” 16.26 Ophiucus
2019 Jun 16 17h 35m 12s -03° 39’ 34” 16.23 Ophiucus
2019 Jun 17 17h 34m 28s -03° 36’ 54” 16.20 Ophiucus
2019 Jun 18 17h 33m 46s -03° 34’ 26” 16.18 Ophiucus
2019 Jun 19 17h 33m 02s -03° 32’ 09” 16.15 Ophiucus
2019 Jun 20 17h 32m 17s -03° 30’ 06” 16.13 Ophiucus
2019 Jun 21 17h 31m 35s -03° 28’ 17” 16.11 Ophiucus
2019 Jun 22 17h 30m 51s -03° 26’ 40” 16.08 Ophiucus
2019 Jun 23 17h 30m 06s -03° 25’ 18” 16.06 Ophiucus
2019 Jun 24 17h 29m 22s -03° 24’ 07” 16.04 Ophiucus
2019 Jun 25 17h 28m 38s -03° 23’ 12” 16.01 Ophiucus