Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1)
Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) is currently in the constellation of Octans. The current Right Ascension of Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) is 23h 01m 19s and the Declination is -83° 44’ 56” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) is 19.86 (JPL).
Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):
Today Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) is not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
- C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- Given its current magnitude, C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
RA: 23h 01m 19s
Dec: -83° 44’ 56”
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
Also check out Where is Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) from Earth is currently 7,043,982,822 kilometers, equivalent to 47.086117 Astronomical Units. Light takes 6 hours, 31 minutes and 36.1976 seconds to travel from Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.
The value of the reported distance might be somewhat 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) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest Approach of Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) to Earth
Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) to Earth happens on Mon May 27 2013 at a distance of 34.005886 Astronomical Units, or 5,087,208,201 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) Brightness
The current visual magnitude of Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) is 19.86.
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 behavior 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.
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1), 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.
Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) at epoch 14 September 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459837.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||0.89053766 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||1997-Mar-29 15:14:15
|Next perihelion transit||4360-Oct-27 03:19
|Argument of perihelion||peri||130.41466706592°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||282.73342139616°|
Visualization of Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) 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!
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Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2023 Mar 26||22h 56m 43s||-83° 42’ 03”||19.86||Octans|
|2023 Mar 27||22h 57m 20s||-83° 42’ 24”||19.86||Octans|
|2023 Mar 28||22h 57m 59s||-83° 42’ 45”||19.86||Octans|
|2023 Mar 29||22h 58m 36s||-83° 43’ 06”||19.86||Octans|
|2023 Mar 30||22h 59m 13s||-83° 43’ 31”||19.86||Octans|
|2023 Mar 31||22h 59m 52s||-83° 43’ 54”||19.86||Octans|
|2023 Apr 01||23h 00m 29s||-83° 44’ 20”||19.86||Octans|
|2023 Apr 02||23h 01m 05s||-83° 44’ 45”||19.86||Octans|
|2023 Apr 03||23h 01m 42s||-83° 45’ 14”||19.86||Octans|
|2023 Apr 04||23h 02m 18s||-83° 45’ 42”||19.86||Octans|
|2023 Apr 05||23h 02m 54s||-83° 46’ 10”||19.86||Octans|
|2023 Apr 06||23h 03m 30s||-83° 46’ 41”||19.86||Octans|
|2023 Apr 07||23h 04m 06s||-83° 47’ 12”||19.86||Octans|
|2023 Apr 08||23h 04m 41s||-83° 47’ 44”||19.86||Octans|