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Encke's Comet live position and data

This page shows Comet Encke (2P/Encke) location and other relevant astronomical data in real time. The celestial coordinates, magnitude, distances and speed are updated in real time and are computed using high quality data sets provided by the JPL Horizons ephemeris service (see acknowledgements for details). The sky map shown below represents a rectangular portion of the sky 60x40 arcminutes wide. By comparison the diameter of the full Moon is about 30 arcmins, so the full horizontal extent of the map is approximately 2 full Moons wide. Depending on the device you are using, the map can be dragged horizondally or vertically using the mouse or touchscreen. The deep sky image in the background is provided by the Digitized Sky Survey (acknowledgements).

Current close conjunctions

List of bright objects (stars brighter than magnitude 9.0 and galaxies brighter than magmitude 14.0) close to Encke's Comet (less than 1.5 degrees):

TypeNameMagnitudeArDec
StarHIP 45708.327400h 58m 27s+12° 07’ 32”
StarHIP 48668.811201h 02m 34s+14° 15’ 07”
StarHIP 52077.200801h 06m 36s+13° 53’ 04”
StarHIP 52588.84601h 07m 12s+12° 04’ 49”
StarHIP 46878.029801h 00m 13s+11° 56’ 07”
StarHIP 49157.933201h 03m 06s+13° 02’ 55”
StarHIP 51018.694401h 05m 23s+14° 06’ 29”
StarHIP 51768.08501h 06m 12s+13° 15’ 10”
StarHIP 51178.39801h 05m 34s+12° 28’ 07”
StarHIP 54078.639601h 09m 11s+12° 41’ 34”
StarHIP 47757.855601h 01m 21s+11° 54’ 45”
StarHIP 44808.146400h 57m 21s+12° 25’ 47”
StarHIP 52046.036601h 06m 33s+12° 57’ 21”
GalaxyUGC 61014.000h 58m 49s+12° 59’ 11”

Additional resources

Additional Resources about Comet Encke (2P/Encke)

Astronomy databases

This online sky chart is created using the following astronomy databases and services:

  1. The Digitized Sky Survey, a photographic survey of the whole sky created using images from different telescopes, including the Oschin Schmidt Telescope on Palomar Mountain
  2. The Hipparcos Star Catalogue, containing more than 100.000 bright stars
  3. The PGC 2003 Catalogue, containing information about 1 million galaxies
  4. The GSC 2.3 Catalogue, containing information about more than 2 billion stars and galaxies
Please see the acknowledgements section.

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