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Comet 8P/Tuttle

Comet 8P/Tuttle is currently in the constellation of Cygnus. The current Right Ascension of Comet 8P/Tuttle is 20h 45m 05s and the Declination is +50° 06’ 27” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 8P/Tuttle is 26.00 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 8P/Tuttle [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]:

20h 45m 05s
+50° 06’ 27”
  • 8P/Tuttle is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the East-North-East direction at an altitude of 52° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 8P/Tuttle is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 8P/Tuttle rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Comet 8P/Tuttle Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 8P/Tuttle 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.

Map showing Comet 8P/Tuttle in Cygnus on August, 12 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 8P/Tuttle in Cygnus on August, 12 2020
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 8P/Tuttle is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 20h 45m 05s
Dec: +50° 06’ 27”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 8P/Tuttle
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 8P/Tuttle?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 8P/Tuttle in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 8P/Tuttle Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 8P/Tuttle from Earth is currently 562,204,813 kilometers, equivalent to 3.758107 Astronomical Units. Light takes 31 minutes and 15.3134 seconds to travel from Comet 8P/Tuttle and arrive to us.

31 minutes and 15.3134 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 8P/Tuttle 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.

Distance of Comet 8P/Tuttle from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

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 8P/Tuttle from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 8P/Tuttle to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 8P/Tuttle to Earth happens on Mon Dec 28 2048 at a distance of 0.17536701 Astronomical Units, or 26,234,532 kilometers:

Mon Dec 28 2048

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet 8P/Tuttle brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 8P/Tuttle is 26.00.


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 8P/Tuttle, 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 8P/Tuttle between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 8P/Tuttle rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Comet 8P/Tuttle is circumpolar and transits at 23:17 UTC (altitude: 88.6°)

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 8P/Tuttle 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 8P/Tuttle Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 8P/Tuttle at epoch 30 September 2007 00:00 UTC (JD: 2454374.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.81979975
Orbit inclination i 54.98318484°
Perihelion distance q 1.02711659 AU
153,654,455 km
Aphelion distance Q 10.37260755 AU
1,551,720,007 km
Semi-major axis a 5.69986207 AU
852,687,231 km
Orbital period period 13.6100 years
4,970.4413 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2008-Jan-27 00:36:47
2,454,492.5256 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Sep-05 11:12
2,459,462.9668 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 207.50924597274°
Longitude of the ascending node node 270.34165200508°
Mean anomaly M 351.45162452903°
Mean motion n 0.07242818°/day

Visualization of Comet 8P/Tuttle Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 8P/Tuttle with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 8P/Tuttle 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 8P/Tuttle 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 8P/Tuttle computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 8P/Tuttle in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Aug 05 20h 54m 29s +49° 52’ 02” 26.00 Cygnus
2020 Aug 06 20h 53m 18s +49° 54’ 48” 26.00 Cygnus
2020 Aug 07 20h 52m 06s +49° 57’ 17” 26.00 Cygnus
2020 Aug 08 20h 50m 54s +49° 59’ 31” 26.00 Cygnus
2020 Aug 09 20h 49m 42s +50° 01’ 29” 26.00 Cygnus
2020 Aug 10 20h 48m 29s +50° 03’ 11” 26.00 Cygnus
2020 Aug 11 20h 47m 17s +50° 04’ 36” 26.00 Cygnus
2020 Aug 12 20h 46m 04s +50° 05’ 44” 26.00 Cygnus
2020 Aug 13 20h 44m 50s +50° 06’ 37” 26.00 Cygnus
2020 Aug 14 20h 43m 36s +50° 07’ 11” 26.00 Cygnus
2020 Aug 15 20h 42m 24s +50° 07’ 31” 26.00 Cygnus
2020 Aug 16 20h 41m 11s +50° 07’ 32” 26.00 Cygnus
2020 Aug 17 20h 39m 56s +50° 07’ 18” 26.00 Cygnus
2020 Aug 18 20h 38m 44s +50° 06’ 47” 26.00 Cygnus