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Comet 68P/Klemola

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Comet 68P/Klemola Position

Comet 68P/Klemola is currently in the constellation of Scutum. The current Right Ascension is 18h 53m 37s and the Declination is -15° 15’ 30”.

18h 53m 37s
-15° 15’ 30”

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 Scutum on October, 16 2019
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Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 68P/Klemola is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 18h 53m 37s
Dec: -15° 15’ 30”
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 251,092,636 kilometers, equivalent to 1.678451 Astronomical Units. Light takes 13 minutes and 57.5549 seconds to travel from Comet 68P/Klemola and arrive to us.

13 minutes and 57.5549 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 1.06223270 Astronomical Units, or 158,907,750 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 14.85.


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: 105.3°
Max altitude: 23.2°
Azimuth: 254.7°
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 17 January 2013 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456310.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.63923665
Orbit inclination i 11.13876887°
Perihelion distance q 1.76680649 AU
264,310,490 km
Aphelion distance Q 8.02801603 AU
1,200,974,106 km
Semi-major axis a 4.89741126 AU
732,642,298 km
Orbital period period 10.8400 years
3,958.6608 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2009-Jan-19 12:18:44
2,454,851.0130 JD
Next perihelion transit 2019-Nov-22 04:10
2,458,809.6738 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 154.04707373095°
Longitude of the ascending node node 175.35867085478°
Mean anomaly M 132.72552094038°
Mean motion n 0.09093985°/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 Oct 09 18h 37m 29s -14° 40’ 51” 14.83 Scutum
2019 Oct 10 18h 39m 39s -14° 46’ 09” 14.83 Scutum
2019 Oct 11 18h 41m 51s -14° 51’ 19” 14.83 Scutum
2019 Oct 12 18h 44m 03s -14° 56’ 17” 14.84 Scutum
2019 Oct 13 18h 46m 17s -15° 01’ 05” 14.84 Scutum
2019 Oct 14 18h 48m 32s -15° 05’ 44” 14.84 Scutum
2019 Oct 15 18h 50m 48s -15° 10’ 11” 14.84 Scutum
2019 Oct 16 18h 53m 03s -15° 14’ 29” 14.85 Scutum
2019 Oct 17 18h 55m 22s -15° 18’ 36” 14.85 Scutum
2019 Oct 18 18h 57m 41s -15° 22’ 32” 14.86 Scutum
2019 Oct 19 19h 00m 01s -15° 26’ 17” 14.86 Sagittarius
2019 Oct 20 19h 02m 21s -15° 29’ 51” 14.86 Sagittarius
2019 Oct 21 19h 04m 42s -15° 33’ 14” 14.87 Sagittarius
2019 Oct 22 19h 07m 05s -15° 36’ 24” 14.87 Sagittarius