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Comet 6P/d'Arrest

Comet 6P/d'Arrest is currently in the constellation of Orion. The current Right Ascension of Comet 6P/d'Arrest is 06h 05m 10s and the Declination is +07° 45’ 23” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 6P/d'Arrest is 23.81 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 6P/d'Arrest [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

06h 05m 10s
+07° 45’ 23”

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Comet 6P/d'Arrest Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 6P/d'Arrest 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.

Map showing Comet 6P/d'Arrest in Orion on January, 29 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 6P/d'Arrest in Orion on January, 29 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 6P/d'Arrest is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 06h 05m 10s
Dec: +07° 45’ 23”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 6P/d'Arrest
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 6P/d'Arrest?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 6P/d'Arrest in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 6P/d'Arrest Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 6P/d'Arrest from Earth is currently 504,567,649 kilometers, equivalent to 3.372826 Astronomical Units. Light takes 28 minutes and 3.0565 seconds to travel from Comet 6P/d'Arrest and arrive to us.

28 minutes and 3.0565 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 6P/d'Arrest 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 6P/d'Arrest 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 6P/d'Arrest from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 6P/d'Arrest to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 6P/d'Arrest to Earth happens on Wed Aug 7 2047 at a distance of 0.336992 Astronomical Units, or 50,413,268 kilometers:

Wed Aug 7 2047

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet 6P/d'Arrest brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 6P/d'Arrest is 23.81.


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 behavior 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 6P/d'Arrest, 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 6P/d'Arrest between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 6P/d'Arrest 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 6P/d'Arrest rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 82.2°
Max altitude: 46.3°
Azimuth: 277.7°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 6P/d'Arrest touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet 6P/d'Arrest Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 6P/d'Arrest at epoch 28 March 2021 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459302.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.61267012
Orbit inclination i 19.51243095°
Perihelion distance q 1.35458525 AU
202,643,070 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.63989328 AU
843,716,027 km
Semi-major axis a 3.49723927 AU
523,179,549 km
Orbital period period 6.5403 years
2,388.8366 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Sep-17 18:56:35
2,459,475.2893 JD
Next perihelion transit 2028-Apr-02 15:01
2,461,864.1259 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 178.10645985005°
Longitude of the ascending node node 138.93710032586°
Mean anomaly M 333.96048528036°
Mean motion n 0.15070097°/day

Visualization of Comet 6P/d'Arrest Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 6P/d'Arrest with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 6P/d'Arrest 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 6P/d'Arrest
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Comet 6P/d'Arrest 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 6P/d'Arrest computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 6P/d'Arrest in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Jan 22 06h 09m 18s +07° 12’ 56” 23.73 Orion
2023 Jan 23 06h 08m 40s +07° 17’ 17” 23.74 Orion
2023 Jan 24 06h 08m 04s +07° 21’ 41” 23.75 Orion
2023 Jan 25 06h 07m 29s +07° 26’ 05” 23.76 Orion
2023 Jan 26 06h 06m 56s +07° 30’ 33” 23.77 Orion
2023 Jan 27 06h 06m 23s +07° 35’ 03” 23.79 Orion
2023 Jan 28 06h 05m 51s +07° 39’ 33” 23.80 Orion
2023 Jan 29 06h 05m 18s +07° 44’ 07” 23.81 Orion
2023 Jan 30 06h 04m 49s +07° 48’ 41” 23.82 Orion
2023 Jan 31 06h 04m 19s +07° 53’ 17” 23.84 Orion
2023 Feb 01 06h 03m 51s +07° 57’ 53” 23.85 Orion
2023 Feb 02 06h 03m 24s +08° 02’ 31” 23.86 Orion
2023 Feb 03 06h 02m 58s +08° 07’ 10” 23.88 Orion
2023 Feb 04 06h 02m 34s +08° 11’ 50” 23.89 Orion