Comet 78P/Gehrels 2
Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 is currently in the constellation of Sextans. The current Right Ascension of Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 is 10h 32m 13s and the Declination is +05° 14’ 08” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 is 20.00 (JPL).
Summary of key facts about Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:
- 78P/Gehrels 2 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the East-South-East direction at an altitude of 29° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, 78P/Gehrels 2 is visible only through long exposure photography.
- See also 78P/Gehrels 2 rise and set times.
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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.
Also check out Where is Comet 78P/Gehrels 2?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 from Earth is currently 710,317,248 kilometers, equivalent to 4.748178 Astronomical Units. Light takes 39 minutes and 29.3633 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 1.55826795 Astronomical Units, or 233,113,568 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||2.01139674 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2012-Jan-12 03:34:34
|Next perihelion transit||2019-Apr-03 02:39
|Argument of perihelion||peri||192.75621046781°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||210.56261339972°|
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 Jul 30||10h 24m 11s||+05° 55’ 59”||20.00||Sextans|
|2020 Jul 31||10h 25m 17s||+05° 50’ 26”||20.00||Sextans|
|2020 Aug 01||10h 26m 21s||+05° 44’ 53”||20.00||Sextans|
|2020 Aug 02||10h 27m 26s||+05° 39’ 16”||20.00||Sextans|
|2020 Aug 03||10h 28m 31s||+05° 33’ 38”||20.00||Sextans|
|2020 Aug 04||10h 29m 35s||+05° 28’ 00”||20.00||Sextans|
|2020 Aug 05||10h 30m 41s||+05° 22’ 18”||20.00||Sextans|
|2020 Aug 06||10h 31m 45s||+05° 16’ 36”||20.00||Sextans|
|2020 Aug 07||10h 32m 50s||+05° 10’ 53”||20.00||Sextans|
|2020 Aug 08||10h 33m 55s||+05° 05’ 08”||20.00||Sextans|
|2020 Aug 09||10h 34m 59s||+04° 59’ 21”||20.00||Sextans|
|2020 Aug 10||10h 36m 05s||+04° 53’ 33”||20.00||Sextans|
|2020 Aug 11||10h 37m 09s||+04° 47’ 43”||20.00||Sextans|
|2020 Aug 12||10h 38m 14s||+04° 41’ 53”||20.00||Sextans|