Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake)
Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) is currently in the constellation of Centaurus. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) is 13h 54m 45s and the Declination is -59° 14’ 38” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) is 34.15 (JPL).
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Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) 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/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) from Earth is currently 7,478,338,245 kilometers, equivalent to 49.989604 Astronomical Units. Light takes 6 hours, 55 minutes and 45.0513 seconds to travel from Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) 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/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) to Earth happens on Wed Apr 24 2013 at a distance of 36.164740 Astronomical Units, or 5,410,168,144 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) 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/1996 B2 (Hyakutake), 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/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) rise and set times
Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) 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/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||0.23022353 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||1996-May-01 09:27:34
|Next perihelion transit||99940-Dec-11 00:25
|Argument of perihelion||peri||130.1751209781°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||188.04513199216°|
Visualization of Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) 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/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2023 Jan 30||13h 55m 00s||-59° 08’ 34”||34.15||Centaurus|
|2023 Jan 31||13h 54m 59s||-59° 09’ 23”||34.15||Centaurus|
|2023 Feb 01||13h 54m 56s||-59° 10’ 10”||34.15||Centaurus|
|2023 Feb 02||13h 54m 56s||-59° 10’ 59”||34.15||Centaurus|
|2023 Feb 03||13h 54m 53s||-59° 11’ 47”||34.15||Centaurus|
|2023 Feb 04||13h 54m 51s||-59° 12’ 33”||34.15||Centaurus|
|2023 Feb 05||13h 54m 48s||-59° 13’ 19”||34.15||Centaurus|
|2023 Feb 06||13h 54m 47s||-59° 14’ 05”||34.15||Centaurus|
|2023 Feb 07||13h 54m 44s||-59° 14’ 52”||34.15||Centaurus|
|2023 Feb 08||13h 54m 42s||-59° 15’ 35”||34.15||Centaurus|
|2023 Feb 09||13h 54m 38s||-59° 16’ 21”||34.15||Centaurus|
|2023 Feb 10||13h 54m 36s||-59° 17’ 04”||34.15||Centaurus|
|2023 Feb 11||13h 54m 33s||-59° 17’ 48”||34.15||Centaurus|
|2023 Feb 12||13h 54m 29s||-59° 18’ 29”||34.15||Centaurus|