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Altitude: 1.3°   Azimuth: 282.1°   Direction: West-North-West

95P/Chiron is currently in the constellation of Pisces. The current Right Ascension of 95P/Chiron is 01h 04m 23s and the Declination is +08° 31’ 14” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of 95P/Chiron is 18.41 (JPL).

01h 04m 23s
+08° 31’ 14”

The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted 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.

Today's rise, transit and set times of 95P/Chiron from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 81.5°
Max altitude: 47.0°
Azimuth: 278.5°
  • 95P/Chiron is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the West-North-West direction at an altitude of 1° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 95P/Chiron is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Available Resources

95P/Chiron Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide 95P/Chiron 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.

Finder chart of 95P/Chiron in Pisces on September,24 2023
Map showing 95P/Chiron in Pisces on September, 24 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 95P/Chiron
Map showing 95P/Chiron in Pisces on September, 24 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where 95P/Chiron is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 01h 04m 23s
Dec: +08° 31’ 14”
Deep sky finder chart for 95P/Chiron
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is 95P/Chiron?, a page that provides all the information needed to find 95P/Chiron in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

95P/Chiron Distance from Earth

The distance of 95P/Chiron from Earth is currently 2,661,722,470 kilometers, equivalent to 17.792516 Astronomical Units. Light takes 2 hours, 27 minutes and 58.5505 seconds to travel from 95P/Chiron and arrive to us.

2 hours, 27 minutes and 58.5505 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of 95P/Chiron 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.

Chart of the distance of 95P/Chiron from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 95P/Chiron from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of 95P/Chiron to Earth

Between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2099, the closest approach of 95P/Chiron to Earth happens on Thu Apr 4 2097 at a distance of 7.455320 Astronomical Units, or 1,115,300,037 kilometers:

Thu Apr 4 2097

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

95P/Chiron Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of 95P/Chiron, 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.

Chart of the magnitude of 95P/Chiron as a function of time

95P/Chiron Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of 95P/Chiron at epoch 12 September 2023 00:00 UTC (JD: 2460200.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.37636831
Orbit inclination i 6.91660514°
Perihelion distance q 8.55185962 AU
1,279,339,993 km
Aphelion distance Q 18.87413468 AU
2,823,530,366 km
Semi-major axis a 13.71299715 AU
2,051,435,179 km
Orbital period period 50.7816 years
18,547.9965 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2046-Sep-13 00:43:41
2,468,601.5303 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 339.35855261901°
Longitude of the ascending node node 209.30820941965°
Mean anomaly M 196.9435253186°
Mean motion n 0.01940910°/day

Visualization of 95P/Chiron Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of 95P/Chiron with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of 95P/Chiron 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!

95P/Chiron 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of 95P/Chiron computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate 95P/Chiron in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Sep 17 01h 05m 30s +08° 38’ 30” 18.44 Pisces
2023 Sep 18 01h 05m 21s +08° 37’ 32” 18.44 Pisces
2023 Sep 19 01h 05m 12s +08° 36’ 33” 18.43 Pisces
2023 Sep 20 01h 05m 03s +08° 35’ 35” 18.43 Pisces
2023 Sep 21 01h 04m 54s +08° 34’ 36” 18.42 Pisces
2023 Sep 22 01h 04m 45s +08° 33’ 36” 18.42 Pisces
2023 Sep 23 01h 04m 36s +08° 32’ 35” 18.41 Pisces
2023 Sep 24 01h 04m 27s +08° 31’ 33” 18.41 Pisces
2023 Sep 25 01h 04m 17s +08° 30’ 32” 18.40 Pisces
2023 Sep 26 01h 04m 06s +08° 29’ 30” 18.39 Pisces
2023 Sep 27 01h 03m 57s +08° 28’ 27” 18.39 Pisces
2023 Sep 28 01h 03m 47s +08° 27’ 24” 18.38 Pisces
2023 Sep 29 01h 03m 38s +08° 26’ 21” 18.37 Pisces
2023 Sep 30 01h 03m 28s +08° 25’ 17” 18.37 Pisces