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Comet 80P/Peters-Hartley

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Comet 80P/Peters-Hartley Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 80P/Peters-Hartley 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 80P/Peters-Hartley in Taurus on December, 16 2018
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
03h 33m 45s
+30° 56’ 12”
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30.93
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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 80P/Peters-Hartley Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 80P/Peters-Hartley rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 59.1°
Max altitude: 69.4°
Azimuth: 300.9°

Comet 80P/Peters-Hartley Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 80P/Peters-Hartley with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 80P/Peters-Hartley 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 80P/Peters-Hartley
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Comet 80P/Peters-Hartley Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 80P/Peters-Hartley computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 80P/Peters-Hartley in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Dec 09 03h 37m 36s +31° 23’ 03” 30.92 Perseus
2018 Dec 10 03h 37m 01s +31° 19’ 17” 30.92 Perseus
2018 Dec 11 03h 36m 28s +31° 15’ 29” 30.92 Perseus
2018 Dec 12 03h 35m 54s +31° 11’ 39” 30.92 Perseus
2018 Dec 13 03h 35m 21s +31° 07’ 50” 30.93 Perseus
2018 Dec 14 03h 34m 49s +31° 03’ 57” 30.93 Taurus
2018 Dec 15 03h 34m 17s +31° 00’ 06” 30.93 Taurus
2018 Dec 16 03h 33m 46s +30° 56’ 12” 30.93 Taurus
2018 Dec 17 03h 33m 15s +30° 52’ 19” 30.94 Taurus
2018 Dec 18 03h 32m 44s +30° 48’ 25” 30.94 Taurus
2018 Dec 19 03h 32m 15s +30° 44’ 30” 30.94 Taurus
2018 Dec 20 03h 31m 45s +30° 40’ 36” 30.95 Taurus
2018 Dec 21 03h 31m 17s +30° 36’ 41” 30.95 Taurus
2018 Dec 22 03h 30m 48s +30° 32’ 45” 30.95 Taurus

Distance of Comet 80P/Peters-Hartley from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 80P/Peters-Hartley 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 80P/Peters-Hartley is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 80P/Peters-Hartley from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 80P/Peters-Hartley

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 80P/Peters-Hartley, 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 80P/Peters-Hartley between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet 80P/Peters-Hartley Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 80P/Peters-Hartley at epoch 07 September 2014 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456908.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.59899024
Orbit inclination i 29.92275599°
Perihelion distance q 1.61272474 AU
241,260,188 km
Aphelion distance Q 6.43059444 AU
962,003,237 km
Semi-major axis a 4.02165959 AU
601,631,712 km
Orbital period period 8.0700 years
2,945.8212 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-Nov-10 00:56:25
2,456,971.5392 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Dec-03 20:38
2,459,917.3604 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 339.13110514645°
Longitude of the ascending node node 259.88929985249°
Mean anomaly M 352.2961693179°
Mean motion n 0.12220701°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2062-Jun-02
Distance of closest approach* 0.81555583 AU
122,005,415 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.