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Comet 78P/Gehrels 2

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Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.

More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 in Aquarius on October, 19 2018
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21h 23m 07s
-08° 51’ 51”
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13.12
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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 behvior 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.

Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 98.9°
Max altitude: 29.7°
Azimuth: 261.2°

Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 Orbit Diagram

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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet 78P/Gehrels 2
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Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 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.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Oct 12 21h 20m 30s -08° 32’ 57” 13.14 Aquarius
2018 Oct 13 21h 20m 44s -08° 35’ 52” 13.14 Aquarius
2018 Oct 14 21h 21m 01s -08° 38’ 38” 13.13 Aquarius
2018 Oct 15 21h 21m 19s -08° 41’ 14” 13.13 Aquarius
2018 Oct 16 21h 21m 38s -08° 43’ 44” 13.13 Aquarius
2018 Oct 17 21h 21m 59s -08° 46’ 05” 13.13 Aquarius
2018 Oct 18 21h 22m 22s -08° 48’ 16” 13.13 Aquarius
2018 Oct 19 21h 22m 46s -08° 50’ 21” 13.12 Aquarius
2018 Oct 20 21h 23m 12s -08° 52’ 15” 13.12 Aquarius
2018 Oct 21 21h 23m 40s -08° 54’ 02” 13.12 Aquarius
2018 Oct 22 21h 24m 10s -08° 55’ 40” 13.12 Aquarius
2018 Oct 23 21h 24m 41s -08° 57’ 09” 13.12 Aquarius
2018 Oct 24 21h 25m 14s -08° 58’ 28” 13.12 Aquarius
2018 Oct 25 21h 25m 47s -08° 59’ 40” 13.12 Aquarius

Distance of Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval.

The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 78P/Gehrels 2 is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 78P/Gehrels 2

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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 at epoch 27 February 2009 00:00 UTC (JD: 2454890.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.46171841
Orbit inclination i 6.25331696°
Perihelion distance q 2.01055673 AU
300,775,006 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.45972194 AU
816,762,778 km
Semi-major axis a 3.73513933 AU
558,768,892 km
Orbital period period 7.2200 years
2,636.6874 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2012-Jan-13 20:01:18
2,455,940.3342 JD
Next perihelion transit 2019-Apr-03 12:31
2,458,577.0216 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 192.885022561°
Longitude of the ascending node node 210.54712409757°
Mean anomaly M 216.6609246246°
Mean motion n 0.13653496°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2026-Dec-31
Distance of closest approach* 1.55891251 AU
233,209,992 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.