Comet 9P/Tempel 1
Comet 9P/Tempel 1 is currently in the constellation of Gemini. The current Right Ascension of Comet 9P/Tempel 1 is 08h 01m 45s and the Declination is +31° 58’ 39” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 9P/Tempel 1 is 19.70 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 19.3 (COBS).
Summary of key facts about Comet 9P/Tempel 1 [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]:
- 9P/Tempel 1 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the North-East direction at an altitude of 5° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, 9P/Tempel 1 is visible only through long exposure photography.
- See also 9P/Tempel 1 rise and set times.
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Additional information about Comet 9P/Tempel 1 available on TheSkyLive:
Comet 9P/Tempel 1 Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 9P/Tempel 1 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 9P/Tempel 1 is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
Also check out Where is Comet 9P/Tempel 1?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 9P/Tempel 1 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet 9P/Tempel 1 Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 9P/Tempel 1 from Earth is currently 368,397,854 kilometers, equivalent to 2.462588 Astronomical Units. Light takes 20 minutes and 28.8430 seconds to travel from Comet 9P/Tempel 1 and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 9P/Tempel 1 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 9P/Tempel 1 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet 9P/Tempel 1 to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 9P/Tempel 1 to Earth happens on Sat Jun 16 2040 at a distance of 0.946381 Astronomical Units, or 141,576,578 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 9P/Tempel 1 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 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 rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 9P/Tempel 1 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 9P/Tempel 1 Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||1.54254954 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2016-Aug-02 13:52:33
|Next perihelion transit||2022-Mar-02 09:27
|Argument of perihelion||peri||179.20358087344°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||68.749598031609°|
Visualization of Comet 9P/Tempel 1 Orbit
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 15 Days 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.
|2021 Jan 18||08h 09m 39s||+31° 26’ 59”||19.77||Cancer|
|2021 Jan 19||08h 08m 39s||+31° 31’ 29”||19.76||Cancer|
|2021 Jan 20||08h 07m 36s||+31° 35’ 53”||19.75||Gemini|
|2021 Jan 21||08h 06m 34s||+31° 40’ 12”||19.74||Gemini|
|2021 Jan 22||08h 05m 31s||+31° 44’ 23”||19.73||Gemini|
|2021 Jan 23||08h 04m 29s||+31° 48’ 29”||19.72||Gemini|
|2021 Jan 24||08h 03m 26s||+31° 52’ 27”||19.72||Gemini|
|2021 Jan 25||08h 02m 25s||+31° 56’ 20”||19.71||Gemini|
|2021 Jan 26||08h 01m 22s||+32° 00’ 05”||19.70||Gemini|
|2021 Jan 27||08h 00m 20s||+32° 03’ 42”||19.69||Gemini|
|2021 Jan 28||07h 59m 17s||+32° 07’ 14”||19.69||Gemini|
|2021 Jan 29||07h 58m 14s||+32° 10’ 36”||19.68||Gemini|
|2021 Jan 30||07h 57m 12s||+32° 13’ 53”||19.67||Gemini|
|2021 Jan 31||07h 56m 12s||+32° 17’ 00”||19.67||Gemini|