Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs)
Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) Position
Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)
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Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) Distance
The distance of Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) from Earth is currently 479,032,327 kilometers, equivalent to 3.202133 Astronomical Units. Light takes 26 minutes and 37.8798 seconds to travel from Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) and arrive to us.
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.
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 2.72426402 Astronomical Units, or 407,544,097 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) 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 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/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.
Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) rise and set times
Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) 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/2018 A6 (Gibbs) Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||3.01801967 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2019-Jul-14 05:25:18
|Next perihelion transit||2079-Sep-02 00:42
|Argument of perihelion||peri||264.51348958559°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||340.38385463343°|
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!
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.
|2019 Oct 08||11h 08m 09s||-82° 31’ 37”||15.10||Chamaleon|
|2019 Oct 09||11h 17m 03s||-82° 54’ 47”||15.11||Chamaleon|
|2019 Oct 10||11h 26m 52s||-83° 17’ 26”||15.12||Octans|
|2019 Oct 11||11h 37m 42s||-83° 39’ 29”||15.13||Octans|
|2019 Oct 12||11h 49m 45s||-84° 00’ 50”||15.13||Octans|
|2019 Oct 13||12h 03m 11s||-84° 21’ 18”||15.14||Octans|
|2019 Oct 14||12h 18m 10s||-84° 40’ 41”||15.15||Octans|
|2019 Oct 15||12h 34m 54s||-84° 58’ 48”||15.16||Octans|
|2019 Oct 16||12h 53m 35s||-85° 15’ 21”||15.17||Octans|
|2019 Oct 17||13h 14m 18s||-85° 30’ 06”||15.17||Octans|
|2019 Oct 18||13h 37m 09s||-85° 42’ 38”||15.18||Octans|
|2019 Oct 19||14h 02m 00s||-85° 52’ 38”||15.19||Octans|
|2019 Oct 20||14h 28m 36s||-85° 59’ 48”||15.20||Octans|
|2019 Oct 21||14h 56m 26s||-86° 03’ 51”||15.21||Octans|