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Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1)

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Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) Position

Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension is 13h 01m 36s and the Declination is +12° 53’ 01”.

13h 01m 36s
+12° 53’ 01”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) in Virgo on December, 11 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1)
RA: 13h 01m 36s
Dec: +12° 53’ 01”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) from Earth is currently 1,255,948,416 kilometers, equivalent to 8.395497 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 9 minutes and 49.3930 seconds to travel from Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) and arrive to us.

1 hours, 9 minutes and 49.3930 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) 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/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) 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/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) to Earth happens on Wed Oct 18 2017 at a distance of 0.71974649 Astronomical Units, or 107,672,542 kilometers:

Wed Oct 18 2017

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

Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) is 24.40.


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 behvior 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/2017 O1 (ASASSN1), 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/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) 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/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 77.1°
Max altitude: 51.4°
Azimuth: 282.9°
Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) 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/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) at epoch 12 October 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458039.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99642390
Orbit inclination i 39.84839798°
Perihelion distance q 1.49868671 AU
224,200,342 km
Aphelion distance Q 836.66966392 AU
125,164,000,453 km
Semi-major axis a 419.08417532 AU
62,694,100,397 km
Orbital period period 8,579.4600 years
3,133,648.7872 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Oct-14 18:50:41
2,458,041.2852 JD
Next perihelion transit 10597-Jun-04 13:44
5,591,690.0724 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 20.907869077143°
Longitude of the ascending node node 25.809478842857°
Mean anomaly M 359.99979491201°
Mean motion n 0.00011488°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) 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/2017 O1 (ASASSN1)
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Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Dec 04 12h 59m 43s +12° 56’ 12” 24.39 Virgo
2019 Dec 05 13h 00m 00s +12° 55’ 35” 24.39 Virgo
2019 Dec 06 13h 00m 15s +12° 55’ 01” 24.39 Virgo
2019 Dec 07 13h 00m 32s +12° 54’ 30” 24.39 Virgo
2019 Dec 08 13h 00m 47s +12° 54’ 03” 24.39 Virgo
2019 Dec 09 13h 01m 03s +12° 53’ 40” 24.39 Virgo
2019 Dec 10 13h 01m 18s +12° 53’ 21” 24.40 Virgo
2019 Dec 11 13h 01m 32s +12° 53’ 04” 24.40 Virgo
2019 Dec 12 13h 01m 46s +12° 52’ 51” 24.40 Virgo
2019 Dec 13 13h 01m 59s +12° 52’ 41” 24.40 Virgo
2019 Dec 14 13h 02m 13s +12° 52’ 36” 24.40 Virgo
2019 Dec 15 13h 02m 26s +12° 52’ 32” 24.40 Virgo
2019 Dec 16 13h 02m 39s +12° 52’ 33” 24.40 Virgo
2019 Dec 17 13h 02m 50s +12° 52’ 38” 24.40 Virgo