Comet C/2018 X2 (Fitzsimmons)
Comet C/2018 X2 (Fitzsimmons) Position
Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2018 X2 (Fitzsimmons) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)
Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2018 X2 (Fitzsimmons) is right now (view fullscreen)
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Comet C/2018 X2 (Fitzsimmons) Distance
The distance of Comet C/2018 X2 (Fitzsimmons) from Earth is currently 456,928,280 kilometers, equivalent to 3.054377 Astronomical Units. Light takes 25 minutes and 24.1487 seconds to travel from Comet C/2018 X2 (Fitzsimmons) and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2018 X2 (Fitzsimmons) 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 X2 (Fitzsimmons) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet C/2018 X2 (Fitzsimmons) to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2018 X2 (Fitzsimmons) to Earth happens on Mon Jan 7 2019 at a distance of 2.23104253 Astronomical Units, or 333,759,213 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet C/2018 X2 (Fitzsimmons) 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 X2 (Fitzsimmons), 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 X2 (Fitzsimmons) rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2018 X2 (Fitzsimmons) 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 X2 (Fitzsimmons) Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||2.12589188 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2019-Jul-08 12:50:36
|Next perihelion transit||3942-Jul-17 17:24
|Argument of perihelion||peri||162.04624784119°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||340.83362736853°|
Visualization of Comet C/2018 X2 (Fitzsimmons) Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2018 X2 (Fitzsimmons) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2018 X2 (Fitzsimmons) 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 X2 (Fitzsimmons) 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2018 X2 (Fitzsimmons) 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 X2 (Fitzsimmons) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2019 Jul 17||09h 22m 28s||+19° 26’ 51”||17.24||Leo|
|2019 Jul 18||09h 24m 41s||+19° 08’ 53”||17.24||Leo|
|2019 Jul 19||09h 26m 52s||+18° 50’ 52”||17.25||Leo|
|2019 Jul 20||09h 29m 03s||+18° 32’ 45”||17.25||Leo|
|2019 Jul 21||09h 31m 14s||+18° 14’ 38”||17.26||Leo|
|2019 Jul 22||09h 33m 24s||+17° 56’ 25”||17.26||Leo|
|2019 Jul 23||09h 35m 34s||+17° 38’ 09”||17.27||Leo|
|2019 Jul 24||09h 37m 42s||+17° 19’ 50”||17.27||Leo|
|2019 Jul 25||09h 39m 51s||+17° 01’ 27”||17.28||Leo|
|2019 Jul 26||09h 42m 01s||+16° 43’ 03”||17.28||Leo|
|2019 Jul 27||09h 44m 09s||+16° 24’ 34”||17.29||Leo|
|2019 Jul 28||09h 46m 17s||+16° 06’ 03”||17.30||Leo|
|2019 Jul 29||09h 48m 24s||+15° 47’ 30”||17.30||Leo|
|2019 Jul 30||09h 50m 31s||+15° 28’ 54”||17.31||Leo|