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Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh

Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh is currently in the constellation of Capricornus. The current Right Ascension of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh is 21h 42m 20s and the Declination is -19° 42’ 00” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh is 20.25 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh [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]:

21h 42m 20s
-19° 42’ 00”

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Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh 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 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh in Capricornus on December, 08 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh in Capricornus on December, 08 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 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 21h 42m 20s
Dec: -19° 42’ 00”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh from Earth is currently 778,006,093 kilometers, equivalent to 5.200650 Astronomical Units. Light takes 43 minutes and 15.1490 seconds to travel from Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh and arrive to us.

43 minutes and 15.1490 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh 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 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh 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 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh to Earth happens on Mon Jul 11 2089 at a distance of 2.158775 Astronomical Units, or 322,948,085 kilometers:

Mon Jul 11 2089

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

Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh is 20.25.


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 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh, 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 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh 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 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 109.7°
Max altitude: 18.9°
Azimuth: 250.4°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh 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 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh at epoch 28 August 2012 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456168.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.14760471
Orbit inclination i 6.65099205°
Perihelion distance q 3.55114989 AU
531,244,463 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.78101694 AU
715,229,956 km
Semi-major axis a 4.16608342 AU
623,237,209 km
Orbital period period 8.5035 years
3,105.9207 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2009-Jul-26 17:26:37
2,455,039.2268 JD
Next perihelion transit 2018-Jan-26 15:32
2,458,145.1476 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 86.607702951693°
Longitude of the ascending node node 77.083686191152°
Mean anomaly M 130.89140906359°
Mean motion n 0.11590766°/day

Visualization of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh 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 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh
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Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Dec 01 21h 38m 04s -20° 09’ 51” 20.20 Capricornus
2021 Dec 02 21h 38m 39s -20° 06’ 03” 20.20 Capricornus
2021 Dec 03 21h 39m 14s -20° 02’ 13” 20.21 Capricornus
2021 Dec 04 21h 39m 50s -19° 58’ 21” 20.22 Capricornus
2021 Dec 05 21h 40m 26s -19° 54’ 25” 20.23 Capricornus
2021 Dec 06 21h 41m 02s -19° 50’ 29” 20.23 Capricornus
2021 Dec 07 21h 41m 39s -19° 46’ 29” 20.24 Capricornus
2021 Dec 08 21h 42m 15s -19° 42’ 28” 20.25 Capricornus
2021 Dec 09 21h 42m 53s -19° 38’ 24” 20.26 Capricornus
2021 Dec 10 21h 43m 32s -19° 34’ 17” 20.26 Capricornus
2021 Dec 11 21h 44m 12s -19° 30’ 09” 20.27 Capricornus
2021 Dec 12 21h 44m 50s -19° 25’ 58” 20.28 Capricornus
2021 Dec 13 21h 45m 30s -19° 21’ 45” 20.28 Capricornus
2021 Dec 14 21h 46m 10s -19° 17’ 30” 20.29 Capricornus