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Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs)

Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) is currently in the constellation of Pisces. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) is 23h 17m 35s and the Declination is -02° 20’ 45” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) is 20.38 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) [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]:

23h 17m 35s
-02° 20’ 45”
Pisces
20.38

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Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) 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.

Map showing Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) in Pisces on May, 12 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) in Pisces on May, 12 2021
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2018 A6 (Gibbs)
RA: 23h 17m 35s
Dec: -02° 20’ 45”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) from Earth is currently 971,795,236 kilometers, equivalent to 6.496050 Astronomical Units. Light takes 54 minutes and 1.5600 seconds to travel from Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) and arrive to us.

971,795,236
6.496050
54 minutes and 1.5600 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) 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/2018 A6 (Gibbs) 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/2018 A6 (Gibbs) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) to Earth happens on Sun Mar 17 2019 at a distance of 2.724262 Astronomical Units, or 407,543,763 kilometers:

Sun Mar 17 2019
407,543,763
2.724262

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

Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) is 20.38.

20.38
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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/2018 A6 (Gibbs), 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/2018 A6 (Gibbs) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) 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/2018 A6 (Gibbs) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 92.4°
Max altitude: 36.1°
Azimuth: 267.6°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) 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/2018 A6 (Gibbs) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) at epoch 13 July 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458678.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.80348616
Orbit inclination i 76.95481047°
Perihelion distance q 3.01775811 AU
451,450,189 km
Aphelion distance Q 27.69517386 AU
4,143,139,046 km
Semi-major axis a 15.35646599 AU
2,297,294,617 km
Orbital period period 60.1800 years
21,980.3878 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Jul-14 06:26:07
2,458,678.7681 JD
Next perihelion transit 2079-Sep-17 15:44
2,480,659.1559 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 264.52785668732°
Longitude of the ascending node node 340.38599109063°
Mean anomaly M 359.9956083733°
Mean motion n 0.01637824°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) 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/2018 A6 (Gibbs)
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Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 May 05 23h 15m 56s -03° 01’ 27” 20.36 Pisces
2021 May 06 23h 16m 10s -02° 56’ 02” 20.36 Pisces
2021 May 07 23h 16m 24s -02° 50’ 36” 20.36 Pisces
2021 May 08 23h 16m 37s -02° 45’ 15” 20.37 Pisces
2021 May 09 23h 16m 50s -02° 39’ 55” 20.37 Pisces
2021 May 10 23h 17m 03s -02° 34’ 36” 20.37 Pisces
2021 May 11 23h 17m 16s -02° 29’ 21” 20.37 Pisces
2021 May 12 23h 17m 27s -02° 24’ 06” 20.38 Pisces
2021 May 13 23h 17m 39s -02° 18’ 55” 20.38 Pisces
2021 May 14 23h 17m 49s -02° 13’ 45” 20.38 Pisces
2021 May 15 23h 18m 00s -02° 08’ 38” 20.38 Pisces
2021 May 16 23h 18m 10s -02° 03’ 33” 20.38 Pisces
2021 May 17 23h 18m 20s -01° 58’ 31” 20.39 Pisces
2021 May 18 23h 18m 28s -01° 53’ 30” 20.39 Pisces