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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 43m 02s and the Declination is -05° 01’ 50” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt).

08h 43m 02s
-05° 01’ 50”

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 Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 95.0°
Max altitude: 33.5°
Azimuth: 265.0°
  • C/1948 V1 (Eclipse comet) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the South-South-West direction at an altitude of 32° above the horizon.
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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.

Finder chart of C/1948 V1 (Eclipse comet) in Hydra on June,01 2023
Map showing Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) in Hydra on June, 01 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of C/1948 V1 (Eclipse comet)
Map showing Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) in Hydra on June, 01 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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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 43m 02s
Dec: -05° 01’ 50”
Deep sky finder chart for Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) Distance from Earth

The distance of Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) from Earth is currently 14,847,446,820 kilometers, equivalent to 99.249052 Astronomical Units. Light takes 13 hours, 45 minutes and 25.7516 seconds to travel from Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) and arrive to us.

13 hours, 45 minutes and 25.7516 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.

Chart of the distance of Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) 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/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 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) to Earth happens on Sat Jan 26 2013 at a distance of 88.631095 Astronomical Units, or 13,259,023,171 kilometers:

Sat Jan 26 2013

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

Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) Brightness and Light Curve

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: 2432926.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99991400
Orbit inclination i 23.11627215°
Perihelion distance q 0.13543934 AU
20,261,437 km
Aphelion distance Q 3,149.43891593 AU
471,149,356,668 km
Semi-major axis a 1,574.78717764 AU
235,584,809,052 km
Orbital period period 62,494.3862 years
22,826,074.5766 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 1948-Oct-27 10:14:33
2,432,851.9268 JD
Next perihelion transit 64444-Jun-28 00:04
25,258,926.5034 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 107.24936166521°
Longitude of the ascending node node 211.04271852325°
Mean anomaly M 0.001176126989925°
Mean motion n 0.00001577°/day

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

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Eclipse comet (Comet C/1948 V1) 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 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
2023 May 25 08h 42m 53s -05° 02’ 53” N.A. Hydra
2023 May 26 08h 42m 55s -05° 02’ 44” N.A. Hydra
2023 May 27 08h 42m 56s -05° 02’ 35” N.A. Hydra
2023 May 28 08h 42m 56s -05° 02’ 26” N.A. Hydra
2023 May 29 08h 42m 57s -05° 02’ 18” N.A. Hydra
2023 May 30 08h 42m 59s -05° 02’ 11” N.A. Hydra
2023 May 31 08h 43m 00s -05° 02’ 03” N.A. Hydra
2023 Jun 01 08h 43m 01s -05° 01’ 54” N.A. Hydra
2023 Jun 02 08h 43m 02s -05° 01’ 48” N.A. Hydra
2023 Jun 03 08h 43m 04s -05° 01’ 41” N.A. Hydra
2023 Jun 04 08h 43m 05s -05° 01’ 33” N.A. Hydra
2023 Jun 05 08h 43m 06s -05° 01’ 27” N.A. Hydra
2023 Jun 06 08h 43m 08s -05° 01’ 20” N.A. Hydra
2023 Jun 07 08h 43m 09s -05° 01’ 14” N.A. Hydra