Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura)
Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) is 12h 21m 26s and the Declination is +08° 16’ 01” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) is 13.21 (JPL).
Summary of key facts about Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) [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]:
- C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the West direction at an altitude of 18° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) is visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 10 inches (250mm) or more.
- See also C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) rise and set times.
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Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) 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.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) from Earth is currently 320,048,853 kilometers, equivalent to 2.139394 Astronomical Units. Light takes 17 minutes and 47.5681 seconds to travel from Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) 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/2021 O1 (Nishimura) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) to Earth
Between January 2014 and January 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) to Earth happens on Tue Aug 3 2021 at a distance of 1.708725 Astronomical Units, or 255,621,626 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) 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 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 O1 (Nishimura), 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/2021 O1 (Nishimura) rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) 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 O1 (Nishimura) Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||0.80952618 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2021-Aug-11 10:25:12
|Argument of perihelion||peri||70.017311059917°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||40.605670388502°|
Visualization of Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) 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/2021 O1 (Nishimura) 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) 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 O1 (Nishimura) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2021 Sep 18||11h 55m 06s||+12° 08’ 16”||12.75||Leo|
|2021 Sep 19||11h 58m 41s||+11° 37’ 17”||12.81||Virgo|
|2021 Sep 20||12h 02m 14s||+11° 06’ 32”||12.87||Virgo|
|2021 Sep 21||12h 05m 44s||+10° 36’ 01”||12.93||Virgo|
|2021 Sep 22||12h 09m 10s||+10° 05’ 44”||12.99||Virgo|
|2021 Sep 23||12h 12m 33s||+09° 35’ 44”||13.05||Virgo|
|2021 Sep 24||12h 15m 52s||+09° 05’ 58”||13.11||Virgo|
|2021 Sep 25||12h 19m 09s||+08° 36’ 29”||13.17||Virgo|
|2021 Sep 26||12h 22m 24s||+08° 07’ 18”||13.23||Virgo|
|2021 Sep 27||12h 25m 36s||+07° 38’ 23”||13.29||Virgo|
|2021 Sep 28||12h 28m 45s||+07° 09’ 47”||13.35||Virgo|
|2021 Sep 29||12h 31m 50s||+06° 41’ 26”||13.41||Virgo|
|2021 Sep 30||12h 34m 54s||+06° 13’ 24”||13.47||Virgo|
|2021 Oct 01||12h 37m 55s||+05° 45’ 42”||13.52||Virgo|