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 Jul 10||21.75||03h 41m 04s||+15° 57’ 42”||Taurus|
|2018 Jul 11||21.75||03h 41m 48s||+16° 00’ 20”||Taurus|
|2018 Jul 12||21.75||03h 42m 33s||+16° 02’ 57”||Taurus|
|2018 Jul 13||21.75||03h 43m 17s||+16° 05’ 30”||Taurus|
|2018 Jul 14||21.74||03h 43m 59s||+16° 08’ 03”||Taurus|
|2018 Jul 15||21.74||03h 44m 43s||+16° 10’ 32”||Taurus|
|2018 Jul 16||21.74||03h 45m 24s||+16° 12’ 57”||Taurus|
|2018 Jul 17||21.73||03h 46m 06s||+16° 15’ 21”||Taurus|
|2018 Jul 18||21.73||03h 46m 47s||+16° 17’ 44”||Taurus|
|2018 Jul 19||21.73||03h 47m 29s||+16° 20’ 03”||Taurus|
|2018 Jul 20||21.72||03h 48m 10s||+16° 22’ 19”||Taurus|
|2018 Jul 21||21.72||03h 48m 50s||+16° 24’ 33”||Taurus|
|2018 Jul 22||21.72||03h 49m 28s||+16° 26’ 45”||Taurus|
|2018 Jul 23||21.71||03h 50m 08s||+16° 28’ 55”||Taurus|
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.