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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 21m 28s and the Declination is -08° 02’ 31”.

17h 21m 28s
-08° 02’ 31”

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

RA: 17h 21m 28s
Dec: -08° 02’ 31”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 68P/Klemola
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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

The distance of Comet 68P/Klemola from Earth is currently 201,174,976 kilometers, equivalent to 1.344772 Astronomical Units. Light takes 11 minutes and 11.0475 seconds to travel from Comet 68P/Klemola and arrive to us.

11 minutes and 11.0475 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 1.06223486 Astronomical Units, or 158,908,074 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 15.17.


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: 98.0°
Max altitude: 30.5°
Azimuth: 262.1°
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 01 October 2008 00:00 UTC (JD: 2454741.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.64069911
Orbit inclination i 11.14327117°
Perihelion distance q 1.75895271 AU
263,135,580 km
Aphelion distance Q 8.03202047 AU
1,201,573,162 km
Semi-major axis a 4.89548659 AU
732,354,371 km
Orbital period period 10.8300 years
3,956.3274 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2009-Jan-20 23:41:52
2,454,852.4874 JD
Next perihelion transit 2019-Nov-21 07:33
2,458,808.8148 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 153.98154735469°
Longitude of the ascending node node 175.33750663947°
Mean anomaly M 349.90086886244°
Mean motion n 0.09099348°/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 Aug 12 17h 16m 36s -06° 54’ 47” 15.23 Ophiucus
2019 Aug 13 17h 17m 07s -07° 03’ 09” 15.22 Ophiucus
2019 Aug 14 17h 17m 39s -07° 11’ 34” 15.21 Ophiucus
2019 Aug 15 17h 18m 11s -07° 20’ 03” 15.20 Ophiucus
2019 Aug 16 17h 18m 47s -07° 28’ 36” 15.20 Ophiucus
2019 Aug 17 17h 19m 26s -07° 37’ 14” 15.19 Ophiucus
2019 Aug 18 17h 20m 07s -07° 45’ 55” 15.18 Ophiucus
2019 Aug 19 17h 20m 48s -07° 54’ 38” 15.18 Ophiucus
2019 Aug 20 17h 21m 33s -08° 03’ 25” 15.17 Ophiucus
2019 Aug 21 17h 22m 18s -08° 12’ 15” 15.16 Ophiucus
2019 Aug 22 17h 23m 08s -08° 21’ 06” 15.16 Ophiucus
2019 Aug 23 17h 23m 57s -08° 30’ 00” 15.15 Ophiucus
2019 Aug 24 17h 24m 51s -08° 38’ 54” 15.15 Ophiucus
2019 Aug 25 17h 25m 45s -08° 47’ 52” 15.14 Ophiucus