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Comet 70P/Kojima

Comet 70P/Kojima is currently in the constellation of Leo. The current Right Ascension of Comet 70P/Kojima is 11h 29m 42s and the Declination is +12° 03’ 12” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 70P/Kojima is 18.45 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 17.4 (COBS).

Summary of key facts about Comet 70P/Kojima [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]:

11h 29m 42s
+12° 03’ 12”
Leo
17.4
18.45
  • 70P/Kojima is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the East direction at an altitude of 14° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 70P/Kojima is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 70P/Kojima rise and set times.
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Comet 70P/Kojima Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 70P/Kojima 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 70P/Kojima in Leo on May, 16 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 70P/Kojima in Leo on May, 16 2022
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 70P/Kojima is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

70P/Kojima
RA: 11h 29m 42s
Dec: +12° 03’ 12”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 70P/Kojima
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 70P/Kojima?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 70P/Kojima in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 70P/Kojima Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 70P/Kojima from Earth is currently 291,174,217 kilometers, equivalent to 1.946379 Astronomical Units. Light takes 16 minutes and 11.2526 seconds to travel from Comet 70P/Kojima and arrive to us.

291,174,217
1.946379
16 minutes and 11.2526 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 70P/Kojima 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 70P/Kojima 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 70P/Kojima from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 70P/Kojima to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 70P/Kojima to Earth happens on Sun Feb 18 2029 at a distance of 1.158528 Astronomical Units, or 173,313,266 kilometers:

Sun Feb 18 2029
173,313,266
1.158528

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

Comet 70P/Kojima brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 70P/Kojima is 18.45.

18.45
17.4
0.6'

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 70P/Kojima, 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 70P/Kojima between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 70P/Kojima 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 70P/Kojima rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 77.9°
Max altitude: 50.6°
Azimuth: 282.1°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 70P/Kojima 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 70P/Kojima Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 70P/Kojima at epoch 14 April 2014 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456762.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.45380865
Orbit inclination i 6.60041304°
Perihelion distance q 2.00665729 AU
300,191,658 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.34116065 AU
799,026,261 km
Semi-major axis a 3.67390897 AU
549,608,960 km
Orbital period period 7.0421 years
2,572.1187 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-Oct-20 20:20:18
2,456,951.3474 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Nov-04 23:11
2,459,523.4662 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 2.0212292382385°
Longitude of the ascending node node 119.27313356948°
Mean anomaly M 333.56845321959°
Mean motion n 0.13996243°/day

Visualization of Comet 70P/Kojima Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 70P/Kojima with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 70P/Kojima 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 70P/Kojima
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Comet 70P/Kojima 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 70P/Kojima computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 70P/Kojima in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2022 May 09 11h 25m 59s +12° 44’ 57” 18.26 Leo
2022 May 10 11h 26m 25s +12° 39’ 52” 18.28 Leo
2022 May 11 11h 26m 50s +12° 34’ 41” 18.31 Leo
2022 May 12 11h 27m 19s +12° 29’ 21” 18.33 Leo
2022 May 13 11h 27m 47s +12° 23’ 53” 18.36 Leo
2022 May 14 11h 28m 18s +12° 18’ 17” 18.39 Leo
2022 May 15 11h 28m 50s +12° 12’ 37” 18.41 Leo
2022 May 16 11h 29m 21s +12° 06’ 47” 18.44 Leo
2022 May 17 11h 29m 56s +12° 00’ 51” 18.46 Leo
2022 May 18 11h 30m 29s +11° 54’ 51” 18.49 Leo
2022 May 19 11h 31m 05s +11° 48’ 42” 18.52 Leo
2022 May 20 11h 31m 41s +11° 42’ 28” 18.54 Leo
2022 May 21 11h 32m 20s +11° 36’ 06” 18.57 Leo
2022 May 22 11h 32m 57s +11° 29’ 40” 18.59 Leo