Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh is 18h 38m 31s and the Declination is -27° 14’ 39” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh is 19.00 (JPL).
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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.
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.
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Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh from Earth is currently 543,952,303 kilometers, equivalent to 3.636097 Astronomical Units. Light takes 30 minutes and 14.4296 seconds to travel from Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh and arrive to us.
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.
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 Tue Jul 12 2089 at a distance of 2.15331718 Astronomical Units, or 322,131,665 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh brightness
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.
Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh rise and set times
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
|Perihelion distance||q||3.55180956 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2009-Jul-26 19:47:34
|Next perihelion transit||2018-Jan-27 04:50
|Argument of perihelion||peri||86.638318100469°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||77.082921386016°|
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!
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.
|2020 Aug 05||18h 41m 31s||-27° 11’ 07”||19.00||Sagittarius|
|2020 Aug 06||18h 41m 05s||-27° 11’ 40”||19.00||Sagittarius|
|2020 Aug 07||18h 40m 40s||-27° 12’ 12”||19.00||Sagittarius|
|2020 Aug 08||18h 40m 15s||-27° 12’ 42”||19.00||Sagittarius|
|2020 Aug 09||18h 39m 51s||-27° 13’ 09”||19.00||Sagittarius|
|2020 Aug 10||18h 39m 29s||-27° 13’ 36”||19.00||Sagittarius|
|2020 Aug 11||18h 39m 06s||-27° 13’ 59”||19.00||Sagittarius|
|2020 Aug 12||18h 38m 45s||-27° 14’ 21”||19.00||Sagittarius|
|2020 Aug 13||18h 38m 26s||-27° 14’ 42”||19.00||Sagittarius|
|2020 Aug 14||18h 38m 07s||-27° 15’ 00”||19.00||Sagittarius|
|2020 Aug 15||18h 37m 49s||-27° 15’ 15”||19.00||Sagittarius|
|2020 Aug 16||18h 37m 32s||-27° 15’ 29”||19.00||Sagittarius|
|2020 Aug 17||18h 37m 14s||-27° 15’ 42”||19.00||Sagittarius|
|2020 Aug 18||18h 37m 00s||-27° 15’ 54”||19.00||Sagittarius|