Comet 88P/Howell is currently in the constellation of Taurus. The current Right Ascension of Comet 88P/Howell is 05h 09m 34s and the Declination is +23° 55’ 23” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 88P/Howell is 19.33 (JPL).
Summary of key facts about Comet 88P/Howell [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]:
- 88P/Howell is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the North-West direction at an altitude of 0° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, 88P/Howell is visible only through long exposure photography.
- See also 88P/Howell rise and set times.
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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.
Also check out Where is Comet 88P/Howell?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 88P/Howell in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet 88P/Howell Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 88P/Howell from Earth is currently 406,958,210 kilometers, equivalent to 2.720348 Astronomical Units. Light takes 22 minutes and 37.4665 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 0.766134 Astronomical Units, or 114,612,008 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 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.
|2021 Oct 19||05h 13m 18s||+23° 52’ 59”||19.33||Taurus|
|2021 Oct 20||05h 12m 52s||+23° 53’ 26”||19.33||Taurus|
|2021 Oct 21||05h 12m 25s||+23° 53’ 48”||19.33||Taurus|
|2021 Oct 22||05h 11m 57s||+23° 54’ 11”||19.33||Taurus|
|2021 Oct 23||05h 11m 27s||+23° 54’ 30”||19.33||Taurus|
|2021 Oct 24||05h 10m 57s||+23° 54’ 50”||19.33||Taurus|
|2021 Oct 25||05h 10m 24s||+23° 55’ 05”||19.33||Taurus|
|2021 Oct 26||05h 09m 51s||+23° 55’ 19”||19.33||Taurus|
|2021 Oct 27||05h 09m 15s||+23° 55’ 32”||19.33||Taurus|
|2021 Oct 28||05h 08m 39s||+23° 55’ 41”||19.33||Taurus|
|2021 Oct 29||05h 08m 03s||+23° 55’ 50”||19.33||Taurus|
|2021 Oct 30||05h 07m 23s||+23° 55’ 55”||19.33||Taurus|
|2021 Oct 31||05h 06m 43s||+23° 55’ 59”||19.33||Taurus|
|2021 Nov 01||05h 06m 02s||+23° 55’ 59”||19.34||Taurus|