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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 924637.208618h 50m 37s-26° 46’ 13”
StarHIP 930368.888418h 57m 06s-28° 06’ 56”
StarHIP 923638.660218h 49m 26s-29° 04’ 39”
StarHIP 925808.629618h 51m 54s-28° 12’ 00”
StarHIP 920048.302818h 45m 09s-28° 13’ 14”
StarHIP 926648.077818h 52m 58s-28° 08’ 42”
StarHIP 920413.16818h 45m 39s-26° 59’ 26”
StarHIP 928087.805618h 54m 38s-26° 53’ 24”
StarHIP 927848.789218h 54m 26s-27° 49’ 59”
StarHIP 925357.080818h 51m 26s-27° 09’ 50”
StarHIP 921048.104818h 46m 16s-27° 20’ 46”
StarHIP 928058.1318h 54m 35s-28° 42’ 13”
StarHIP 926356.21218h 52m 28s-26° 39’ 02”
StarHIP 922157.405618h 47m 37s-28° 16’ 46”
StarHIP 929278.070818h 55m 58s-28° 07’ 48”
StarHIP 923857.656818h 49m 36s-27° 07’ 30”
StarHIP 920866.523818h 46m 03s-27° 29’ 56”

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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