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 41m 01s and the Declination is -59° 08’ 39” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom ). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) is 34.18 (JPL).
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/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) from Greenwich, United Kingdom (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):
- C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- Given its current magnitude, C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) is visible only through long exposure photography.
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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.
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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.
RA: 13h 41m 01s
Dec: -59° 08’ 39”
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
Also check out Where is Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) from Earth is currently 7,429,543,081 kilometers, equivalent to 49.663428 Astronomical Units. Light takes 6 hours, 53 minutes and 2.2882 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 1 January 2013 and 30 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 and Light Curve
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) Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) at epoch 14 March 1996 00:00 UTC (JD: 2450157.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|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!
View Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) in the 3D Solar System Simulator
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 May 26||13h 41m 52s||-59° 14’ 45”||34.17||Centaurus|
|2023 May 27||13h 41m 44s||-59° 13’ 59”||34.17||Centaurus|
|2023 May 28||13h 41m 38s||-59° 13’ 14”||34.17||Centaurus|
|2023 May 29||13h 41m 30s||-59° 12’ 25”||34.17||Centaurus|
|2023 May 30||13h 41m 25s||-59° 11’ 39”||34.17||Centaurus|
|2023 May 31||13h 41m 17s||-59° 10’ 50”||34.17||Centaurus|
|2023 Jun 01||13h 41m 12s||-59° 10’ 01”||34.18||Centaurus|
|2023 Jun 02||13h 41m 06s||-59° 09’ 12”||34.18||Centaurus|
|2023 Jun 03||13h 40m 59s||-59° 08’ 22”||34.18||Centaurus|
|2023 Jun 04||13h 40m 53s||-59° 07’ 32”||34.18||Centaurus|
|2023 Jun 05||13h 40m 46s||-59° 06’ 42”||34.18||Centaurus|
|2023 Jun 06||13h 40m 41s||-59° 05’ 50”||34.18||Centaurus|
|2023 Jun 07||13h 40m 36s||-59° 04’ 59”||34.18||Centaurus|
|2023 Jun 08||13h 40m 30s||-59° 04’ 09”||34.18||Centaurus|