Comet 78P/Gehrels 2
Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension of Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 is 12h 40m 20s and the Declination is -08° 08’ 13” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 is 20.72 (JPL).
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Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 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 78P/Gehrels 2 is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 from Earth is currently 595,278,732 kilometers, equivalent to 3.979193 Astronomical Units. Light takes 33 minutes and 5.6361 seconds to travel from Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 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 78P/Gehrels 2 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 to Earth happens on Thu Dec 31 2026 at a distance of 1.558265 Astronomical Units, or 233,113,191 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 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 78P/Gehrels 2, 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 78P/Gehrels 2 rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 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 78P/Gehrels 2 Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||2.01140948 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2012-Jan-12 03:29:00
|Next perihelion transit||2019-Apr-03 02:42
|Argument of perihelion||peri||192.75619099297°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||210.56262106072°|
Visualization of Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 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 78P/Gehrels 2 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2021 Jan 18||12h 40m 20s||-08° 06’ 12”||20.74||Virgo|
|2021 Jan 19||12h 40m 23s||-08° 06’ 47”||20.74||Virgo|
|2021 Jan 20||12h 40m 26s||-08° 07’ 17”||20.74||Virgo|
|2021 Jan 21||12h 40m 27s||-08° 07’ 41”||20.73||Virgo|
|2021 Jan 22||12h 40m 27s||-08° 07’ 58”||20.73||Virgo|
|2021 Jan 23||12h 40m 27s||-08° 08’ 09”||20.73||Virgo|
|2021 Jan 24||12h 40m 24s||-08° 08’ 16”||20.73||Virgo|
|2021 Jan 25||12h 40m 23s||-08° 08’ 14”||20.73||Virgo|
|2021 Jan 26||12h 40m 18s||-08° 08’ 08”||20.72||Virgo|
|2021 Jan 27||12h 40m 14s||-08° 07’ 57”||20.72||Virgo|
|2021 Jan 28||12h 40m 09s||-08° 07’ 37”||20.72||Virgo|
|2021 Jan 29||12h 40m 04s||-08° 07’ 14”||20.72||Virgo|
|2021 Jan 30||12h 39m 56s||-08° 06’ 42”||20.71||Virgo|
|2021 Jan 31||12h 39m 50s||-08° 06’ 06”||20.71||Virgo|