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):

StarHIP 58197011h 56m 08s-04° 09’ 32”
StarHIP 582686.6911h 57m 00s-04° 46’ 58”
StarHIP 582828.742811h 57m 10s-04° 07’ 35”
StarHIP 580968.263211h 54m 54s-02° 22’ 30”
StarHIP 587697.385212h 03m 13s-03° 23’ 42”
StarHIP 579727.977611h 53m 27s-03° 53’ 01”
StarHIP 584918.229611h 59m 45s-03° 57’ 17”
StarHIP 585588.143412h 00m 27s-04° 32’ 54”
StarHIP 581328.699411h 55m 23s-03° 35’ 57”
StarHIP 586098.940812h 01m 08s-03° 34’ 20”
StarHIP 584577.344411h 59m 14s-03° 19’ 21”
StarHIP 580077.274611h 53m 52s-03° 46’ 36”
StarHIP 583686.890811h 58m 06s-04° 22’ 14”
GalaxyNGC 395213.511h 53m 40s-03° 59’ 45”
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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