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Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa

Altitude: 21.6°   Azimuth: 285.5°   Direction: West-North-West

Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa is currently in the constellation of Leo, at a distance of 359,304,622 kilometers from Earth.

Finder chart of 72P/Denning-Fujikawa in Leo on March,03 2024
Map showing Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa in Leo on March, 03 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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The current Right Ascension of Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa is 09h 57m 33s and the Declination is +26° 19’ 20” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa is 37.45 (JPL).

09h 57m 33s
+26° 19’ 20”

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 72P/Denning-Fujikawa from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 63.7°
Max altitude: 64.9°
Azimuth: 296.3°
  • 72P/Denning-Fujikawa is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the West-North-West direction at an altitude of 22° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 72P/Denning-Fujikawa is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Additional Resources

Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa Position and Finder Charts

Finder chart of 72P/Denning-Fujikawa
Map showing Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa in Leo on March, 03 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 09h 57m 33s
Dec: +26° 19’ 20”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa from Earth is currently 359,304,622 kilometers, equivalent to 2.401803 Astronomical Units. Light takes 19 minutes and 58.5112 seconds to travel from Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa and arrive to us.

19 minutes and 58.5112 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa 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 72P/Denning-Fujikawa 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 72P/Denning-Fujikawa from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa to Earth happens on Mon Aug 18 2059 at a distance of 0.172872 Astronomical Units, or 25,861,342 kilometers:

Mon Aug 18 2059

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

Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa, 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 72P/Denning-Fujikawa as a function of time

Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa at epoch 19 November 2014 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456981.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.81915453
Orbit inclination i 9.16928387°
Perihelion distance q 0.78416121 AU
117,308,847 km
Aphelion distance Q 7.88800726 AU
1,180,029,092 km
Semi-major axis a 4.33608423 AU
648,668,970 km
Orbital period period 9.0293 years
3,297.9570 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-Jul-11 15:17:35
2,456,850.1372 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Jul-22 14:15
2,460,148.0942 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 337.85804245663°
Longitude of the ascending node node 36.109196457752°
Mean anomaly M 14.3393624146°
Mean motion n 0.10915849°/day

Visualization of Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa 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 72P/Denning-Fujikawa
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Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2024 Feb 25 10h 05m 21s +26° 02’ 57” 37.10 Leo
2024 Feb 26 10h 04m 14s +26° 05’ 48” 37.15 Leo
2024 Feb 27 10h 03m 06s +26° 08’ 27” 37.20 Leo
2024 Feb 28 10h 02m 00s +26° 10’ 57” 37.25 Leo
2024 Feb 29 10h 00m 55s +26° 13’ 14” 37.30 Leo
2024 Mar 01 09h 59m 51s +26° 15’ 20” 37.34 Leo
2024 Mar 02 09h 58m 48s +26° 17’ 17” 37.39 Leo
2024 Mar 03 09h 57m 46s +26° 19’ 01” 37.44 Leo
2024 Mar 04 09h 56m 44s +26° 20’ 35” 37.49 Leo
2024 Mar 05 09h 55m 45s +26° 21’ 59” 37.54 Leo
2024 Mar 06 09h 54m 47s +26° 23’ 12” 37.59 Leo
2024 Mar 07 09h 53m 49s +26° 24’ 14” 37.63 Leo
2024 Mar 08 09h 52m 54s +26° 25’ 06” 37.68 Leo
2024 Mar 09 09h 51m 59s +26° 25’ 49” 37.73 Leo