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Comet 77P/Longmore

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Comet 77P/Longmore Position

Comet 77P/Longmore is currently in the constellation of Aries. The current Right Ascension is 02h 00m 03s and the Declination is +22° 30’ 14”.

02h 00m 03s
+22° 30’ 14”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 77P/Longmore is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 77P/Longmore in Aries on March, 29 2020
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 77P/Longmore is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 02h 00m 03s
Dec: +22° 30’ 14”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 77P/Longmore
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Comet 77P/Longmore Distance

The distance of Comet 77P/Longmore from Earth is currently 852,507,880 kilometers, equivalent to 5.698663 Astronomical Units. Light takes 47 minutes and 23.6602 seconds to travel from Comet 77P/Longmore and arrive to us.

47 minutes and 23.6602 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 77P/Longmore 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 77P/Longmore 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 77P/Longmore from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 77P/Longmore to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 77P/Longmore to Earth happens on Sun Apr 22 2063 at a distance of 1.00596649 Astronomical Units, or 150,490,445 kilometers:

Sun Apr 22 2063

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

Comet 77P/Longmore brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 77P/Longmore is 22.87.


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 77P/Longmore, 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 77P/Longmore between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 77P/Longmore 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 77P/Longmore rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 67.5°
Max altitude: 61.0°
Azimuth: 292.5°
Comet 77P/Longmore is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 77P/Longmore 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 77P/Longmore Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 77P/Longmore at epoch 17 July 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455395.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.35790750
Orbit inclination i 24.39924222°
Perihelion distance q 2.31109854 AU
345,735,422 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.88754823 AU
731,166,809 km
Semi-major axis a 3.59932338 AU
538,451,115 km
Orbital period period 6.8300 years
2,494.1911 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2009-Jul-07 23:20:04
2,455,020.4723 JD
Next perihelion transit 2016-May-06 03:55
2,457,514.6634 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 196.75230019549°
Longitude of the ascending node node 14.912855119912°
Mean anomaly M 54.129765195928°
Mean motion n 0.14433537°/day

Visualization of Comet 77P/Longmore Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 77P/Longmore with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 77P/Longmore 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 77P/Longmore
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Comet 77P/Longmore 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 77P/Longmore computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 77P/Longmore in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Mar 22 01h 53m 44s +21° 52’ 31” 22.85 Aries
2020 Mar 23 01h 54m 33s +21° 57’ 21” 22.86 Aries
2020 Mar 24 01h 55m 23s +22° 02’ 13” 22.86 Aries
2020 Mar 25 01h 56m 12s +22° 07’ 08” 22.86 Aries
2020 Mar 26 01h 57m 01s +22° 12’ 02” 22.86 Aries
2020 Mar 27 01h 57m 51s +22° 17’ 00” 22.86 Aries
2020 Mar 28 01h 58m 41s +22° 21’ 59” 22.87 Aries
2020 Mar 29 01h 59m 30s +22° 26’ 59” 22.87 Aries
2020 Mar 30 02h 00m 21s +22° 32’ 02” 22.87 Aries
2020 Mar 31 02h 01m 12s +22° 37’ 05” 22.87 Aries
2020 Apr 01 02h 02m 03s +22° 42’ 10” 22.87 Aries
2020 Apr 02 02h 02m 53s +22° 47’ 16” 22.87 Aries
2020 Apr 03 02h 03m 46s +22° 52’ 23” 22.88 Aries
2020 Apr 04 02h 04m 36s +22° 57’ 32” 22.88 Aries