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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 1097.176200h 01m 23s+06° 47’ 29”
StarHIP 1178778.14623h 54m 36s+05° 03’ 24”
StarHIP 1179148.045423h 55m 01s+05° 55’ 42”
StarHIP 1183108.84823h 59m 47s+06° 39’ 52”
StarHIP 1182684.000823h 59m 18s+06° 51’ 48”
StarHIP 3768.2900h 04m 41s+06° 31’ 21”
StarHIP 1181378.826623h 57m 47s+05° 24’ 15”
StarHIP 1180546.84723h 56m 47s+04° 43’ 30”
StarHIP 2198.494800h 02m 45s+06° 02’ 04”
StarHIP 1182428.899423h 58m 59s+06° 24’ 48”
StarHIP 1183207.489423h 59m 54s+05° 57’ 23”
StarHIP 1888.596400h 02m 24s+06° 19’ 59”
StarHIP 1179007.228823h 54m 52s+06° 06’ 25”
GalaxyNGC 778512.623h 55m 19s+05° 54’ 52”
GalaxyNGC 782013.900h 04m 30s+05° 11’ 54”

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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