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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 263000h 03m 19s+04° 41’ 13”
StarHIP 898000h 11m 04s+05° 12’ 31”
StarHIP 4486.782400h 05m 22s+03° 36’ 21”
StarHIP 6588.061400h 08m 05s+04° 55’ 38”
StarHIP 9007.339400h 11m 05s+04° 07’ 59”
StarHIP 6757.846200h 08m 22s+03° 26’ 26”
StarHIP 5798.202400h 07m 02s+05° 17’ 16”
StarHIP 8027.64900h 09m 54s+04° 49’ 56”
StarHIP 2947.85800h 03m 40s+03° 54’ 25”
StarHIP 8068.401600h 09m 57s+04° 09’ 58”
GalaxyNGC 1214.000h 08m 44s+04° 36’ 47”
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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