Comet 88P/Howell is currently in the constellation of Capricornus. The current Right Ascension of Comet 88P/Howell is 20h 16m 26s and the Declination is -23° 33’ 27” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 88P/Howell is 15.05 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 9.7 (COBS).
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Comet 88P/Howell Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 88P/Howell 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 88P/Howell is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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Comet 88P/Howell Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 88P/Howell from Earth is currently 261,045,215 kilometers, equivalent to 1.744979 Astronomical Units. Light takes 14 minutes and 30.7531 seconds to travel from Comet 88P/Howell and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 88P/Howell 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 88P/Howell from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet 88P/Howell to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 88P/Howell to Earth happens on Mon Jun 2 2042 at a distance of 0.766145 Astronomical Units, or 114,613,682 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 88P/Howell 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 88P/Howell, 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 88P/Howell rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 88P/Howell 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 88P/Howell Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||1.35850301 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2015-Apr-06 05:25:31
|Next perihelion transit||2020-Sep-28 17:52
|Argument of perihelion||peri||235.90979701093°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||56.698288001377°|
Visualization of Comet 88P/Howell Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 88P/Howell with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 88P/Howell 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 88P/Howell 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 88P/Howell computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 88P/Howell in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2020 Nov 17||19h 50m 07s||-24° 54’ 16”||14.88||Sagittarius|
|2020 Nov 18||19h 53m 48s||-24° 43’ 59”||14.90||Sagittarius|
|2020 Nov 19||19h 57m 29s||-24° 33’ 27”||14.93||Sagittarius|
|2020 Nov 20||20h 01m 08s||-24° 22’ 36”||14.95||Sagittarius|
|2020 Nov 21||20h 04m 45s||-24° 11’ 29”||14.97||Sagittarius|
|2020 Nov 22||20h 08m 21s||-24° 00’ 06”||14.99||Capricornus|
|2020 Nov 23||20h 11m 57s||-23° 48’ 27”||15.01||Capricornus|
|2020 Nov 24||20h 15m 30s||-23° 36’ 33”||15.04||Capricornus|
|2020 Nov 25||20h 19m 04s||-23° 24’ 24”||15.06||Capricornus|
|2020 Nov 26||20h 22m 35s||-23° 12’ 01”||15.08||Capricornus|
|2020 Nov 27||20h 26m 04s||-22° 59’ 23”||15.11||Capricornus|
|2020 Nov 28||20h 29m 34s||-22° 46’ 33”||15.13||Capricornus|
|2020 Nov 29||20h 33m 01s||-22° 33’ 29”||15.15||Capricornus|
|2020 Nov 30||20h 36m 27s||-22° 20’ 13”||15.18||Capricornus|