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Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs)

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Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) Position

Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) is currently in the constellation of Octans. The current Right Ascension is 12h 44m 45s and the Declination is -85° 07’ 46”.

12h 44m 45s
-85° 07’ 46”

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)

Map showing Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) in Octans on October, 15 2019
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Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2018 A6 (Gibbs)
RA: 12h 44m 45s
Dec: -85° 07’ 46”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs)
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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.

26 minutes and 37.8798 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 2.72426402 Astronomical Units, or 407,544,097 kilometers:

Sun Mar 17 2019

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 15.17.


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.

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

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

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) at epoch 14 August 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458345.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.80337618
Orbit inclination i 76.95300201°
Perihelion distance q 3.01801967 AU
451,489,317 km
Aphelion distance Q 27.68039327 AU
4,140,927,902 km
Semi-major axis a 15.34920647 AU
2,296,208,610 km
Orbital period period 60.1400 years
21,964.8033 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Jul-14 05:25:18
2,458,678.7259 JD
Next perihelion transit 2079-Sep-02 00:42
2,480,643.5292 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 264.51348958559°
Longitude of the ascending node node 340.38385463343°
Mean anomaly M 354.53847488044°
Mean motion n 0.01638986°/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
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