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Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp)

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Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.

More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) in Octans on November, 15 2018
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
22h 20m 43s
-85° 50’ 05”
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25.07
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The Observed Magnitude and Coma Diameter values are derived from the Comet Observers Database by averaging the values reported in recent observations (more recent than 4 days), when available. The Estimated Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behvior of comets. When available please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Estimated Magnitude as a directional indication. We acknowledge with thanks the comet observations from the COBS Comet Observation Database contributed by observers worldwide and used in this table to report recent comet observations.

Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) Rise and Set Times

Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) and the planets along their orbits in this diagram accurately represents the current configuration of the objects in the Solar System. This is an experimental feature and it requires a WebGL enabled browser. Please provide us feedback!

Orbit Diagram of Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp)
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Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Nov 08 22h 23m 16s -86° 00’ 42” 25.07 Octans
2018 Nov 09 22h 22m 50s -85° 59’ 22” 25.07 Octans
2018 Nov 10 22h 22m 28s -85° 58’ 04” 25.07 Octans
2018 Nov 11 22h 22m 06s -85° 56’ 44” 25.07 Octans
2018 Nov 12 22h 21m 47s -85° 55’ 23” 25.07 Octans
2018 Nov 13 22h 21m 29s -85° 54’ 02” 25.07 Octans
2018 Nov 14 22h 21m 11s -85° 52’ 41” 25.07 Octans
2018 Nov 15 22h 20m 57s -85° 51’ 20” 25.07 Octans
2018 Nov 16 22h 20m 41s -85° 49’ 58” 25.07 Octans
2018 Nov 17 22h 20m 30s -85° 48’ 34” 25.07 Octans
2018 Nov 18 22h 20m 18s -85° 47’ 12” 25.08 Octans
2018 Nov 19 22h 20m 08s -85° 45’ 48” 25.08 Octans
2018 Nov 20 22h 19m 59s -85° 44’ 26” 25.08 Octans
2018 Nov 21 22h 19m 53s -85° 43’ 01” 25.08 Octans

Distance of Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval.

The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp), according to the most recent ephemerides data. Magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval and there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. For comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of their highly dynamic behaviour.

Predicted magnitude of Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) at epoch 14 September 2008 00:00 UTC (JD: 2454724.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99496070
Orbit inclination i 89.21708989°
Perihelion distance q 0.91741434 AU
137,243,232 km
Aphelion distance Q 363.18652635 AU
54,331,931,118 km
Semi-major axis a 182.05197035 AU
27,234,587,175 km
Orbital period period 2,456.4100 years
897,204.6223 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 1997-Mar-30 22:30:30
2,450,538.4378 JD
Next perihelion transit 4453-Sep-15 13:26
3,347,743.0602 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 130.66202052642°
Longitude of the ascending node node 282.9487539424°
Mean anomaly M 1.6796417864261°
Mean motion n 0.00040125°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2013-May-27
Distance of closest approach* 34.00597060 AU
5,087,220,802 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.