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Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson)

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Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) Position

Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) is currently in the constellation of Fornax. The current Right Ascension is 02h 08m 53s and the Declination is -29° 22’ 33”.

02h 08m 53s
-29° 22’ 33”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) in Fornax on April, 04 2020
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2015 V2 (Johnson)
RA: 02h 08m 53s
Dec: -29° 22’ 33”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson)
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Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) from Earth is currently 1,584,176,371 kilometers, equivalent to 10.589565 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 28 minutes and 4.2436 seconds to travel from Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) and arrive to us.

1 hours, 28 minutes and 4.2436 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) 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 C/2015 V2 (Johnson) 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 C/2015 V2 (Johnson) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) to Earth happens on Mon Jun 5 2017 at a distance of 0.81110171 Astronomical Units, or 121,339,088 kilometers:

Mon Jun 5 2017

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

Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) is 20.57.


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 C/2015 V2 (Johnson), 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 C/2015 V2 (Johnson) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) rise and set times

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

Today's Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 119.4°
Max altitude: 9.1°
Azimuth: 240.6°
Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) 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 C/2015 V2 (Johnson) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) at epoch 17 January 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457771.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00170285
Orbit inclination i 49.87480898°
Perihelion distance q 1.63694999 AU
244,884,233 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Jun-12 08:20:17
2,457,916.8474 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 164.89807817342°
Longitude of the ascending node node 69.852098589651°
Mean anomaly M -0.0048064158779417°
Mean motion n 0.00003307°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) 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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson)
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Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Mar 28 02h 05m 43s -29° 48’ 51” 20.54 Fornax
2020 Mar 29 02h 06m 07s -29° 45’ 11” 20.54 Fornax
2020 Mar 30 02h 06m 33s -29° 41’ 34” 20.54 Fornax
2020 Mar 31 02h 06m 59s -29° 37’ 59” 20.55 Fornax
2020 Apr 01 02h 07m 23s -29° 34’ 27” 20.55 Fornax
2020 Apr 02 02h 07m 50s -29° 30’ 59” 20.56 Fornax
2020 Apr 03 02h 08m 15s -29° 27’ 33” 20.56 Fornax
2020 Apr 04 02h 08m 40s -29° 24’ 11” 20.57 Fornax
2020 Apr 05 02h 09m 06s -29° 20’ 53” 20.57 Fornax
2020 Apr 06 02h 09m 32s -29° 17’ 36” 20.57 Fornax
2020 Apr 07 02h 09m 57s -29° 14’ 23” 20.58 Fornax
2020 Apr 08 02h 10m 23s -29° 11’ 15” 20.58 Fornax
2020 Apr 09 02h 10m 50s -29° 08’ 08” 20.59 Fornax
2020 Apr 10 02h 11m 16s -29° 05’ 06” 20.59 Fornax