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Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa

Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension of Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa is 13h 43m 56s and the Declination is -12° 13’ 15” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa is 48.16 (JPL).

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13h 43m 56s
-12° 13’ 15”

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Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa 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 72P/Denning-Fujikawa in Virgo on May, 16 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa in Virgo on May, 16 2021
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 72P/Denning-Fujikawa is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 13h 43m 56s
Dec: -12° 13’ 15”
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 795,184,899 kilometers, equivalent to 5.315483 Astronomical Units. Light takes 44 minutes and 12.4513 seconds to travel from Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa and arrive to us.

44 minutes and 12.4513 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.

Distance of Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa 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 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 January 2013 and 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 25,861,340 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

The current visual magnitude of Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa is 48.16.


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 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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa 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 72P/Denning-Fujikawa rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 102.2°
Max altitude: 26.3°
Azimuth: 257.8°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 72P/Denning-Fujikawa 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 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 9.0300 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
2021 May 09 13h 47m 57s -12° 33’ 03” 48.21 Virgo
2021 May 10 13h 47m 23s -12° 30’ 20” 48.20 Virgo
2021 May 11 13h 46m 50s -12° 27’ 38” 48.20 Virgo
2021 May 12 13h 46m 18s -12° 24’ 57” 48.19 Virgo
2021 May 13 13h 45m 46s -12° 22’ 18” 48.18 Virgo
2021 May 14 13h 45m 14s -12° 19’ 39” 48.17 Virgo
2021 May 15 13h 44m 43s -12° 17’ 02” 48.16 Virgo
2021 May 16 13h 44m 11s -12° 14’ 26” 48.16 Virgo
2021 May 17 13h 43m 40s -12° 11’ 52” 48.15 Virgo
2021 May 18 13h 43m 09s -12° 09’ 19” 48.14 Virgo
2021 May 19 13h 42m 39s -12° 06’ 48” 48.13 Virgo
2021 May 20 13h 42m 10s -12° 04’ 19” 48.13 Virgo
2021 May 21 13h 41m 40s -12° 01’ 53” 48.12 Virgo
2021 May 22 13h 41m 12s -11° 59’ 26” 48.11 Virgo