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78P/Gehrels 2 live position and data

This page shows Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 location and other relevant astronomical data in real time. The celestial coordinates, magnitude, distances and speed are updated in real time and are computed using high quality data sets provided by the JPL Horizons ephemeris service (see acknowledgements for details). The sky map shown below represents a rectangular portion of the sky 60x40 arcminutes wide. By comparison the diameter of the full Moon is about 30 arcmins, so the full horizontal extent of the map is approximately 2 full Moons wide. Depending on the device you are using, the map can be dragged horizondally or vertically using the mouse or touchscreen. The deep sky image in the background is provided by the Digitized Sky Survey (acknowledgements).

Current close conjunctions

List of bright objects (stars brighter than magnitude 9.0 and galaxies brighter than magmitude 14.0) close to Comet 78P/Gehrels 2 (less than 1.5 degrees):

TypeNameMagnitudeArDec
StarHIP 580218.17611h 54m 02s-01° 02’ 22”
StarHIP 580968.263211h 54m 54s-02° 22’ 30”
StarHIP 579727.977611h 53m 27s-03° 53’ 01”
StarHIP 581328.699411h 55m 23s-03° 35’ 57”
StarHIP 581918.50211h 56m 01s-01° 26’ 31”
StarHIP 580937.54511h 54m 51s-01° 27’ 02”
StarHIP 584577.344411h 59m 14s-03° 19’ 21”
StarHIP 580077.274611h 53m 52s-03° 46’ 36”
StarHIP 577407.83411h 50m 26s-02° 25’ 06”
StarHIP 584807.038411h 59m 33s-01° 55’ 06”
GalaxyNGC 397913.711h 56m 01s-02° 43’ 15”
GalaxyNGC 400613.811h 58m 05s-02° 07’ 14”

Additional resources

Additional Resources about Comet 78P/Gehrels 2

Astronomy databases

This online sky chart is created using the following astronomy databases and services:

  1. The Digitized Sky Survey, a photographic survey of the whole sky created using images from different telescopes, including the Oschin Schmidt Telescope on Palomar Mountain
  2. The Hipparcos Star Catalogue, containing more than 100.000 bright stars
  3. The PGC 2003 Catalogue, containing information about 1 million galaxies
  4. The GSC 2.3 Catalogue, containing information about more than 2 billion stars and galaxies
Please see the acknowledgements section.

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