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 43m 08s and the Declination is -84° 28’ 27” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) is 25.45 (JPL).
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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.
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.
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Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) from Earth is currently 6,659,601,342 kilometers, equivalent to 44.516685 Astronomical Units. Light takes 6 hours, 10 minutes and 14.0390 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 January 1900 and January 2100, the closest approach of Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) to Earth happens on Sat Mar 22 1997 at a distance of 1.315204 Astronomical Units, or 196,751,791 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) brightness
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) rise and set times
Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.
Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||0.91741434 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||1997-Mar-30 22:30:30
|Next perihelion transit||4453-Sep-15 13:26
|Argument of perihelion||peri||130.66202052642°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||282.9487539424°|
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!
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.
|2021 May 10||23h 39m 53s||-84° 20’ 15”||25.45||Octans|
|2021 May 11||23h 40m 20s||-84° 21’ 15”||25.45||Octans|
|2021 May 12||23h 40m 46s||-84° 22’ 17”||25.45||Octans|
|2021 May 13||23h 41m 12s||-84° 23’ 18”||25.45||Octans|
|2021 May 14||23h 41m 38s||-84° 24’ 20”||25.45||Octans|
|2021 May 15||23h 42m 02s||-84° 25’ 24”||25.45||Octans|
|2021 May 16||23h 42m 26s||-84° 26’ 29”||25.45||Octans|
|2021 May 17||23h 42m 50s||-84° 27’ 33”||25.45||Octans|
|2021 May 18||23h 43m 13s||-84° 28’ 40”||25.45||Octans|
|2021 May 19||23h 43m 36s||-84° 29’ 45”||25.45||Octans|
|2021 May 20||23h 43m 57s||-84° 30’ 52”||25.45||Octans|
|2021 May 21||23h 44m 17s||-84° 31’ 59”||25.45||Octans|
|2021 May 22||23h 44m 39s||-84° 33’ 07”||25.45||Octans|
|2021 May 23||23h 44m 58s||-84° 34’ 15”||25.45||Octans|