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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 24417.478400h 31m 03s+09° 18’ 19”
StarHIP 23407.696400h 29m 54s+08° 48’ 22”
StarHIP 21818.78300h 27m 34s+07° 14’ 04”
StarHIP 19988.889600h 25m 19s+09° 04’ 04”
StarHIP 22647.64400h 28m 51s+08° 23’ 02”
StarHIP 24916.837600h 31m 37s+09° 09’ 40”
StarHIP 20256.639200h 25m 41s+07° 41’ 28”
StarHIP 22448.59700h 28m 30s+07° 05’ 24”
StarHIP 25485.703600h 32m 23s+06° 57’ 19”
StarHIP 21548.640800h 27m 12s+09° 09’ 33”
StarHIP 21187.919800h 26m 52s+09° 19’ 10”
GalaxyUGC 31214.000h 31m 23s+08° 28’ 05”

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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