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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 Grus. The current Right Ascension is 22h 38m 38s and the Declination is -51° 16’ 19”.

22h 38m 38s
-51° 16’ 19”

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 full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) in Grus on January, 25 2020
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2018 A6 (Gibbs)
RA: 22h 38m 38s
Dec: -51° 16’ 19”
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 620,660,844 kilometers, equivalent to 4.148861 Astronomical Units. Light takes 34 minutes and 30.3017 seconds to travel from Comet C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) and arrive to us.

34 minutes and 30.3017 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 2.72426666 Astronomical Units, or 407,544,493 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 16.32.


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

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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 20 September 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458382.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.80338843
Orbit inclination i 76.95349069°
Perihelion distance q 3.01797378 AU
451,482,452 km
Aphelion distance Q 27.68188634 AU
4,141,151,261 km
Semi-major axis a 15.34993006 AU
2,296,316,857 km
Orbital period period 60.1400 years
21,966.3565 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Jul-14 05:27:34
2,458,678.7275 JD
Next perihelion transit 2079-Sep-03 14:00
2,480,645.0840 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 264.51476183945°
Longitude of the ascending node node 340.38403285256°
Mean anomaly M 355.14521702093°
Mean motion n 0.01638870°/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
2020 Jan 18 22h 29m 16s -53° 38’ 34” 16.22 Grus
2020 Jan 19 22h 30m 29s -53° 19’ 46” 16.23 Grus
2020 Jan 20 22h 31m 42s -53° 01’ 08” 16.25 Grus
2020 Jan 21 22h 32m 56s -52° 42’ 37” 16.26 Grus
2020 Jan 22 22h 34m 09s -52° 24’ 14” 16.27 Grus
2020 Jan 23 22h 35m 21s -52° 06’ 00” 16.28 Grus
2020 Jan 24 22h 36m 33s -51° 47’ 53” 16.29 Grus
2020 Jan 25 22h 37m 44s -51° 29’ 56” 16.31 Grus
2020 Jan 26 22h 38m 54s -51° 12’ 06” 16.32 Grus
2020 Jan 27 22h 40m 05s -50° 54’ 24” 16.33 Grus
2020 Jan 28 22h 41m 14s -50° 36’ 51” 16.34 Grus
2020 Jan 29 22h 42m 24s -50° 19’ 26” 16.35 Grus
2020 Jan 30 22h 43m 33s -50° 02’ 08” 16.36 Grus
2020 Jan 31 22h 44m 43s -49° 45’ 00” 16.38 Grus