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Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1)

Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) is currently in the constellation of Hydra. The current Right Ascension of Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) is 08h 42m 29s and the Declination is -05° 05’ 03” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]).

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08h 42m 29s
-05° 05’ 03”

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Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) 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 Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) in Hydra on May, 08 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) in Hydra on May, 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 Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/1948 V1 (Eclipse comet)
RA: 08h 42m 29s
Dec: -05° 05’ 03”
Deep sky finder chart for Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) Distance from Earth

The distance of Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) from Earth is currently 14,543,847,243 kilometers, equivalent to 97.219614 Astronomical Units. Light takes 13 hours, 28 minutes and 33.0525 seconds to travel from Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) and arrive to us.

13 hours, 28 minutes and 33.0525 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) 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 Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) from Earth between January 1900 and January 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/1948 V1 (Eclipse comet) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) to Earth

Between January 1900 and January 2100, the closest approach of Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) to Earth happens on Wed Nov 24 1948 at a distance of 0.555716 Astronomical Units, or 83,133,946 kilometers:

Wed Nov 24 1948

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

Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) is -100.00.


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.

Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) rise and set times

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

Today's Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 95.1°
Max altitude: 33.4°
Azimuth: 264.9°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) 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.

Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) at epoch 01 January 1970 00:00 UTC (JD: 2432840.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99993500
Orbit inclination i 23.11700000°
Perihelion distance q 0.13542100 AU
20,258,693 km
Aphelion distance Q 4,166.66457900 AU
623,324,150,190 km
Semi-major axis a 2,083.40000000 AU
311,672,204,441 km
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 1948-Oct-27 10:15:01
2,432,851.9271 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 107.2521°
Longitude of the ascending node node 211.0395°
Mean anomaly M -0.0001184°
Mean motion n 0.00001040°/day

Visualization of Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) Orbit

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Orbit Diagram of Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1)
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Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 May 01 08h 42m 28s -05° 06’ 47” N.A. Hydra
2021 May 02 08h 42m 28s -05° 06’ 33” N.A. Hydra
2021 May 03 08h 42m 28s -05° 06’ 20” N.A. Hydra
2021 May 04 08h 42m 28s -05° 06’ 06” N.A. Hydra
2021 May 05 08h 42m 28s -05° 05’ 52” N.A. Hydra
2021 May 06 08h 42m 29s -05° 05’ 39” N.A. Hydra
2021 May 07 08h 42m 29s -05° 05’ 26” N.A. Hydra
2021 May 08 08h 42m 29s -05° 05’ 12” N.A. Hydra
2021 May 09 08h 42m 29s -05° 04’ 59” N.A. Hydra
2021 May 10 08h 42m 29s -05° 04’ 48” N.A. Hydra
2021 May 11 08h 42m 29s -05° 04’ 35” N.A. Hydra
2021 May 12 08h 42m 30s -05° 04’ 23” N.A. Hydra
2021 May 13 08h 42m 30s -05° 04’ 10” N.A. Hydra
2021 May 14 08h 42m 32s -05° 03’ 59” N.A. Hydra