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Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs)

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Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.

More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) in Leo on March, 18 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
10h 31m 18s
+08° 12’ 09”
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 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 81.8°
Max altitude: 46.7°
Azimuth: 278.2°

Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) Orbit Diagram

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) 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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Mar 11 18.91 10h 38m 14s +08° 21’ 47” Leo
2018 Mar 12 18.90 10h 37m 14s +08° 20’ 30” Leo
2018 Mar 13 18.89 10h 36m 15s +08° 19’ 12” Leo
2018 Mar 14 18.89 10h 35m 16s +08° 17’ 50” Leo
2018 Mar 15 18.88 10h 34m 15s +08° 16’ 28” Leo
2018 Mar 16 18.87 10h 33m 16s +08° 15’ 05” Leo
2018 Mar 17 18.86 10h 32m 17s +08° 13’ 37” Leo
2018 Mar 18 18.86 10h 31m 18s +08° 12’ 09” Leo
2018 Mar 19 18.85 10h 30m 20s +08° 10’ 37” Leo
2018 Mar 20 18.84 10h 29m 22s +08° 09’ 03” Leo
2018 Mar 21 18.84 10h 28m 24s +08° 07’ 27” Leo
2018 Mar 22 18.83 10h 27m 28s +08° 05’ 49” Leo
2018 Mar 23 18.82 10h 26m 30s +08° 04’ 09” Leo
2018 Mar 24 18.82 10h 25m 33s +08° 02’ 25” Leo

Distance of Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval.

The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs)

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 2075

Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) at epoch 19 January 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458138.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00000000
Orbit inclination i 79.64247644°
Perihelion distance q 2.85647113 AU
427,322,000 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-May-24 09:12:46
2,458,627.8839 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 262.88024511194°
Longitude of the ascending node node 340.3134384928°
Mean anomaly M °
Mean motion n 0.00000000°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2019-Mar-08
Distance of closest approach* 2.61312176 AU
390,917,451 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.