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Comet 68P/Klemola

Altitude: 19.9°   Azimuth: 255.8°   Direction: West-South-West

Comet 68P/Klemola is currently in the constellation of Leo.

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 edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 68P/Klemola is 25.94 (JPL).

09h 25m 59s
+07° 01’ 34”

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.

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet 68P/Klemola from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 83.0°
Max altitude: 45.5°
Azimuth: 277.0°
  • 68P/Klemola is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • 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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Available Resources

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.

Finder chart of 68P/Klemola in Leo on December,08 2023
Map showing Comet 68P/Klemola in Leo on December, 08 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 68P/Klemola
Map showing Comet 68P/Klemola in Leo on December, 08 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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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.

RA: 09h 25m 59s
Dec: +07° 01’ 34”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 68P/Klemola
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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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 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.

1 hours, 26.3752 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.

Chart of the distance of Comet 68P/Klemola from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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:

Thu Aug 14 2081

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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet 68P/Klemola as a function of time

Comet 68P/Klemola Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 68P/Klemola at epoch 27 February 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457446.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.64033260
Orbit inclination i 11.18350805°
Perihelion distance q 1.76205307 AU
263,599,387 km
Aphelion distance Q 8.03618311 AU
1,202,195,885 km
Semi-major axis a 4.89911809 AU
732,897,636 km
Orbital period period 10.8439 years
3,960.7305 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Nov-11 22:08:41
2,458,799.4227 JD
Next perihelion transit 2030-Sep-15 15:40
2,462,760.1532 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 153.83989025349°
Longitude of the ascending node node 175.30038456921°
Mean anomaly M 237.0297098905°
Mean motion n 0.09089232°/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
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