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Comet C/2018 F1 (Grauer)

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Comet C/2018 F1 (Grauer) Position

Comet C/2018 F1 (Grauer) is currently in the constellation of Pegasus. The current Right Ascension is 22h 36m 09s and the Declination is +08° 00’ 12”.

22h 36m 09s
+08° 00’ 12”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2018 F1 (Grauer) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2018 F1 (Grauer) in Pegasus on March, 29 2020
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2018 F1 (Grauer) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2018 F1 (Grauer)
RA: 22h 36m 09s
Dec: +08° 00’ 12”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2018 F1 (Grauer)
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Comet C/2018 F1 (Grauer) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2018 F1 (Grauer) from Earth is currently 918,565,302 kilometers, equivalent to 6.140230 Astronomical Units. Light takes 51 minutes and 4.0040 seconds to travel from Comet C/2018 F1 (Grauer) and arrive to us.

51 minutes and 4.0040 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2018 F1 (Grauer) 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 F1 (Grauer) 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 F1 (Grauer) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2018 F1 (Grauer) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2018 F1 (Grauer) to Earth happens on Sun Apr 15 2018 at a distance of 2.88091172 Astronomical Units, or 430,978,259 kilometers:

Sun Apr 15 2018

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

Comet C/2018 F1 (Grauer) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2018 F1 (Grauer) is 21.26.


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 F1 (Grauer), 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 F1 (Grauer) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2018 F1 (Grauer) 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 F1 (Grauer) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 82.0°
Max altitude: 46.5°
Azimuth: 278.0°
Comet C/2018 F1 (Grauer) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2018 F1 (Grauer) 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 F1 (Grauer) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2018 F1 (Grauer) at epoch 05 March 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458548.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99071721
Orbit inclination i 46.07060912°
Perihelion distance q 2.99304850 AU
447,753,683 km
Aphelion distance Q 641.86634432 AU
96,021,838,577 km
Semi-major axis a 322.42969641 AU
48,234,796,130 km
Orbital period period 5,789.7600 years
2,114,710.7763 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Dec-14 01:57:28
2,458,466.5816 JD
Next perihelion transit 7808-Oct-31 20:35
4,573,177.3579 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 71.628424838145°
Longitude of the ascending node node 177.28586289745°
Mean anomaly M 0.013945468225525°
Mean motion n 0.00017024°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2018 F1 (Grauer) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2018 F1 (Grauer) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2018 F1 (Grauer) 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 F1 (Grauer)
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Comet C/2018 F1 (Grauer) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2018 F1 (Grauer) 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 F1 (Grauer) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Mar 22 22h 30m 07s +07° 39’ 11” 21.23 Pegasus
2020 Mar 23 22h 30m 56s +07° 41’ 54” 21.24 Pegasus
2020 Mar 24 22h 31m 44s +07° 44’ 38” 21.24 Pegasus
2020 Mar 25 22h 32m 31s +07° 47’ 22” 21.24 Pegasus
2020 Mar 26 22h 33m 20s +07° 50’ 07” 21.25 Pegasus
2020 Mar 27 22h 34m 06s +07° 52’ 53” 21.25 Pegasus
2020 Mar 28 22h 34m 54s +07° 55’ 37” 21.25 Pegasus
2020 Mar 29 22h 35m 39s +07° 58’ 23” 21.26 Pegasus
2020 Mar 30 22h 36m 25s +08° 01’ 09” 21.26 Pegasus
2020 Mar 31 22h 37m 12s +08° 03’ 56” 21.26 Pegasus
2020 Apr 01 22h 37m 58s +08° 06’ 42” 21.27 Pegasus
2020 Apr 02 22h 38m 43s +08° 09’ 29” 21.27 Pegasus
2020 Apr 03 22h 39m 28s +08° 12’ 15” 21.27 Pegasus
2020 Apr 04 22h 40m 13s +08° 15’ 02” 21.28 Pegasus