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Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF)

Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) is currently in the constellation of Draco. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) is 16h 10m 41s and the Declination is +64° 40’ 56” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) is 17.44 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

16h 10m 41s
+64° 40’ 56”
Draco
17.44
  • C/2021 D2 (ZTF) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the North-North-West direction at an altitude of 28° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2021 D2 (ZTF) is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also C/2021 D2 (ZTF) rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Map showing Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) in Draco on December, 08 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) in Draco on December, 08 2021
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2021 D2 (ZTF)
RA: 16h 10m 41s
Dec: +64° 40’ 56”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) from Earth is currently 429,225,789 kilometers, equivalent to 2.869197 Astronomical Units. Light takes 23 minutes and 51.7431 seconds to travel from Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) and arrive to us.

429,225,789
2.869197
23 minutes and 51.7431 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) 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/2021 D2 (ZTF) 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/2021 D2 (ZTF) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) to Earth happens on Tue Feb 8 2022 at a distance of 2.536454 Astronomical Units, or 379,448,123 kilometers:

Tue Feb 8 2022
379,448,123
2.536454

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

Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) is 17.44.

17.44
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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/2021 D2 (ZTF), 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/2021 D2 (ZTF) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) is circumpolar and transits at 11:00 UTC (altitude: 76.8°)

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) 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/2021 D2 (ZTF) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) at epoch 18 July 2021 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459414.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00112698
Orbit inclination i 83.83129621°
Perihelion distance q 2.94631856 AU
440,762,984 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-Feb-03 23:48:49
2,459,614.4922 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 125.03047468122°
Longitude of the ascending node node 305.67625718208°
Mean anomaly M -0.0014745943607313°
Mean motion n 0.00000737°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) 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/2021 D2 (ZTF)
View Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Dec 01 16h 04m 10s +63° 31’ 04” 17.49 Draco
2021 Dec 02 16h 04m 59s +63° 38’ 39” 17.49 Draco
2021 Dec 03 16h 05m 48s +63° 46’ 36” 17.48 Draco
2021 Dec 04 16h 06m 37s +63° 54’ 55” 17.47 Draco
2021 Dec 05 16h 07m 27s +64° 03’ 37” 17.47 Draco
2021 Dec 06 16h 08m 17s +64° 12’ 42” 17.46 Draco
2021 Dec 07 16h 09m 06s +64° 22’ 09” 17.45 Draco
2021 Dec 08 16h 09m 56s +64° 31’ 59” 17.44 Draco
2021 Dec 09 16h 10m 47s +64° 42’ 12” 17.44 Draco
2021 Dec 10 16h 11m 39s +64° 52’ 49” 17.43 Draco
2021 Dec 11 16h 12m 29s +65° 03’ 48” 17.42 Draco
2021 Dec 12 16h 13m 21s +65° 15’ 11” 17.41 Draco
2021 Dec 13 16h 14m 12s +65° 26’ 57” 17.41 Draco
2021 Dec 14 16h 15m 03s +65° 39’ 07” 17.40 Draco