Comet 78P/Gehrels 2
Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 Position
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Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 Distance
The distance of Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 from Earth is currently 305,865,547 kilometers, equivalent to 2.044585 Astronomical Units. Light takes 17 minutes and 0.2576 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 1.55825468 Astronomical Units, or 233,111,582 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||2.01009445 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2012-Jan-12 11:32:47
|Next perihelion transit||2019-Apr-02 22:32
|Argument of perihelion||peri||192.75474149223°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||210.56111531849°|
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.
|2020 Jan 18||09h 26m 42s||+05° 46’ 32”||17.06||Hydra|
|2020 Jan 19||09h 25m 59s||+05° 49’ 20”||17.07||Hydra|
|2020 Jan 20||09h 25m 14s||+05° 52’ 18”||17.08||Hydra|
|2020 Jan 21||09h 24m 29s||+05° 55’ 23”||17.09||Hydra|
|2020 Jan 22||09h 23m 44s||+05° 58’ 33”||17.10||Hydra|
|2020 Jan 23||09h 22m 58s||+06° 01’ 54”||17.11||Hydra|
|2020 Jan 24||09h 22m 10s||+06° 05’ 20”||17.12||Hydra|
|2020 Jan 25||09h 21m 23s||+06° 08’ 52”||17.13||Hydra|
|2020 Jan 26||09h 20m 35s||+06° 12’ 32”||17.14||Hydra|
|2020 Jan 27||09h 19m 46s||+06° 16’ 17”||17.15||Hydra|
|2020 Jan 28||09h 18m 59s||+06° 20’ 08”||17.17||Hydra|
|2020 Jan 29||09h 18m 10s||+06° 24’ 06”||17.18||Hydra|
|2020 Jan 30||09h 17m 21s||+06° 28’ 08”||17.19||Hydra|
|2020 Jan 31||09h 16m 32s||+06° 32’ 16”||17.20||Cancer|