Comet Halley (1P/Halley)
Comet Halley (1P/Halley) Position
Simplified sky chart showing where Comet Halley (1P/Halley) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)
Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet Halley (1P/Halley) is right now (view fullscreen)
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Comet Halley (1P/Halley) Distance
The distance of Comet Halley (1P/Halley) from Earth is currently 5,320,661,568 kilometers, equivalent to 35.566426 Astronomical Units. Light takes 4 hours, 55 minutes and 47.8166 seconds to travel from Comet Halley (1P/Halley) and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet Halley (1P/Halley) 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 Halley's Comet from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet Halley (1P/Halley) to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet Halley (1P/Halley) to Earth happens on Fri Jul 29 2061 at a distance of 0.47799017 Astronomical Units, or 71,506,311 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet Halley (1P/Halley) 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 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.
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet Halley (1P/Halley), 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 Halley (1P/Halley) rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet Halley (1P/Halley) touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.
Comet Halley (1P/Halley) Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||0.58597811 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||1986-Feb-05 21:29:15
|Next perihelion transit||2061-Jun-01 00:35
|Argument of perihelion||peri||111.33248510452°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||58.420080976568°|
Visualization of Comet Halley (1P/Halley) Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet Halley (1P/Halley) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet Halley (1P/Halley) 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 Halley (1P/Halley) 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet Halley (1P/Halley) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet Halley (1P/Halley) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2019 Sep 08||08h 26m 57s||+02° 25’ 36”||25.60||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 09||08h 27m 02s||+02° 25’ 01”||25.60||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 10||08h 27m 06s||+02° 24’ 27”||25.60||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 11||08h 27m 11s||+02° 23’ 52”||25.60||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 12||08h 27m 15s||+02° 23’ 17”||25.60||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 13||08h 27m 20s||+02° 22’ 41”||25.60||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 14||08h 27m 24s||+02° 22’ 06”||25.60||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 15||08h 27m 29s||+02° 21’ 32”||25.60||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 16||08h 27m 33s||+02° 20’ 56”||25.59||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 17||08h 27m 37s||+02° 20’ 21”||25.59||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 18||08h 27m 39s||+02° 19’ 45”||25.59||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 19||08h 27m 43s||+02° 19’ 09”||25.59||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 20||08h 27m 47s||+02° 18’ 33”||25.59||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 21||08h 27m 51s||+02° 17’ 58”||25.59||Hydra|