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Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF)

Altitude: -66.0°   Azimuth: 340.1°   Direction: North-North-West

Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) is currently in the constellation of Pyxis.

The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) is 08h 34m 43s and the Declination is -28° 25’ 04” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) is 21.05 (JPL).

08h 34m 43s
-28° 25’ 04”

The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted 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.

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 118.3°
Max altitude: 10.2°
Azimuth: 241.6°
  • C/2021 D2 (ZTF) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2021 D2 (ZTF) is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Available Resources

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.

Finder chart of C/2021 D2 (ZTF) in Pyxis on December,11 2023
Map showing Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) in Pyxis on December, 11 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of C/2021 D2 (ZTF)
Map showing Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) in Pyxis on December, 11 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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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: 08h 34m 43s
Dec: -28° 25’ 04”
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 952,608,510 kilometers, equivalent to 6.367795 Astronomical Units. Light takes 52 minutes and 57.5600 seconds to travel from Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) and arrive to us.

52 minutes and 57.5600 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.

Chart of the distance of Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) to Earth happens on Tue Feb 8 2022 at a distance of 2.536475 Astronomical Units, or 379,451,320 kilometers:

Tue Feb 8 2022

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

Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) Brightness and Light Curve

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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) as a function of time

Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF) at epoch 06 November 2021 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459525.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00133390
Orbit inclination i 83.83124897°
Perihelion distance q 2.94630188 AU
440,760,489 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 23:30:55
2,459,614.4798 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 125.02930170885°
Longitude of the ascending node node 305.67734555224°
Mean anomaly M -0.00084481829623513°
Mean motion n 0.00000949°/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
2023 Dec 04 08h 38m 25s -27° 29’ 31” 21.05 Pyxis
2023 Dec 05 08h 37m 58s -27° 37’ 08” 21.05 Pyxis
2023 Dec 06 08h 37m 29s -27° 44’ 39” 21.05 Pyxis
2023 Dec 07 08h 37m 01s -27° 52’ 04” 21.05 Pyxis
2023 Dec 08 08h 36m 33s -27° 59’ 23” 21.05 Pyxis
2023 Dec 09 08h 36m 03s -28° 06’ 38” 21.05 Pyxis
2023 Dec 10 08h 35m 32s -28° 13’ 46” 21.05 Pyxis
2023 Dec 11 08h 35m 02s -28° 20’ 49” 21.05 Pyxis
2023 Dec 12 08h 34m 31s -28° 27’ 46” 21.05 Pyxis
2023 Dec 13 08h 33m 59s -28° 34’ 36” 21.05 Pyxis
2023 Dec 14 08h 33m 25s -28° 41’ 21” 21.06 Pyxis
2023 Dec 15 08h 32m 52s -28° 47’ 57” 21.06 Pyxis
2023 Dec 16 08h 32m 17s -28° 54’ 29” 21.06 Pyxis
2023 Dec 17 08h 31m 44s -29° 00’ 52” 21.06 Pyxis