Comet 9P/Tempel 1
Comet 9P/Tempel 1 Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 9P/Tempel 1 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 9P/Tempel 1 Rise and Set Times
Today's Comet 9P/Tempel 1 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.
Comet 9P/Tempel 1 Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 9P/Tempel 1 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 9P/Tempel 1 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 9P/Tempel 1 Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 9P/Tempel 1 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 9P/Tempel 1 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2018 Apr 16||21.67||02h 24m 02s||+09° 53’ 47”||Cetus|
|2018 Apr 17||21.67||02h 25m 00s||+09° 59’ 26”||Cetus|
|2018 Apr 18||21.68||02h 25m 57s||+10° 05’ 03”||Cetus|
|2018 Apr 19||21.68||02h 26m 54s||+10° 10’ 41”||Cetus|
|2018 Apr 20||21.69||02h 27m 52s||+10° 16’ 15”||Cetus|
|2018 Apr 21||21.69||02h 28m 50s||+10° 21’ 48”||Cetus|
|2018 Apr 22||21.70||02h 29m 48s||+10° 27’ 20”||Cetus|
|2018 Apr 23||21.70||02h 30m 47s||+10° 32’ 50”||Aries|
|2018 Apr 24||21.71||02h 31m 45s||+10° 38’ 20”||Aries|
|2018 Apr 25||21.71||02h 32m 43s||+10° 43’ 46”||Aries|
|2018 Apr 26||21.71||02h 33m 41s||+10° 49’ 12”||Aries|
|2018 Apr 27||21.72||02h 34m 39s||+10° 54’ 34”||Aries|
|2018 Apr 28||21.72||02h 35m 36s||+10° 59’ 57”||Aries|
|2018 Apr 29||21.72||02h 36m 34s||+11° 05’ 17”||Aries|
Distance of Comet 9P/Tempel 1 from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 9P/Tempel 1 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 9P/Tempel 1 is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet 9P/Tempel 1
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 9P/Tempel 1, 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 9P/Tempel 1 Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 9P/Tempel 1 at epoch 10 May 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457519.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||1.54255281 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2016-Aug-02 13:49:36
|Next perihelion transit||2022-Mar-02 12:40
|Argument of perihelion||peri||179.20203243°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||68.750139039454°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2040-Jun-16|
|Distance of closest approach*||0.94602055 AU
* 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.