The current Right Ascension of Comet 68P/Klemola is 09h 25m 59s and the Declination is +07° 01’ 34” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom ). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 68P/Klemola is 25.94 (JPL).
The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted 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.
- 68P/Klemola is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- Right now it is placed in the West-South-West direction at an altitude of 20° 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.
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.
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 1,087,159,936 kilometers, equivalent to 7.267215 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 26.3752 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 and Light Curve
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
|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!
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 Dec 01||09h 26m 40s||+07° 03’ 47”||25.96||Leo|
|2023 Dec 02||09h 26m 36s||+07° 03’ 20”||25.96||Leo|
|2023 Dec 03||09h 26m 31s||+07° 02’ 57”||25.95||Leo|
|2023 Dec 04||09h 26m 26s||+07° 02’ 35”||25.95||Leo|
|2023 Dec 05||09h 26m 21s||+07° 02’ 17”||25.95||Leo|
|2023 Dec 06||09h 26m 16s||+07° 02’ 00”||25.94||Leo|
|2023 Dec 07||09h 26m 08s||+07° 01’ 48”||25.94||Leo|
|2023 Dec 08||09h 26m 02s||+07° 01’ 37”||25.94||Leo|
|2023 Dec 09||09h 25m 54s||+07° 01’ 31”||25.93||Leo|
|2023 Dec 10||09h 25m 46s||+07° 01’ 27”||25.93||Leo|
|2023 Dec 11||09h 25m 37s||+07° 01’ 24”||25.93||Leo|
|2023 Dec 12||09h 25m 28s||+07° 01’ 27”||25.92||Leo|
|2023 Dec 13||09h 25m 18s||+07° 01’ 32”||25.92||Leo|
|2023 Dec 14||09h 25m 09s||+07° 01’ 38”||25.92||Leo|