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Comet Halley (1P/Halley)

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Comet Halley (1P/Halley) Position

Comet Halley (1P/Halley) is currently in the constellation of Hydra. The current Right Ascension is 08h 15m 58s and the Declination is +02° 33’ 53”.

08h 15m 58s
+02° 33’ 53”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet Halley (1P/Halley) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet Halley (1P/Halley) in Hydra on April, 04 2020
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet Halley (1P/Halley) is right now (view fullscreen)

Halley's Comet
RA: 08h 15m 58s
Dec: +02° 33’ 53”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet Halley (1P/Halley)
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Also check out Where is Comet Halley (1P/Halley)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet Halley (1P/Halley) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet Halley (1P/Halley) Distance

The distance of Comet Halley (1P/Halley) from Earth is currently 5,173,995,735 kilometers, equivalent to 34.586025 Astronomical Units. Light takes 4 hours, 47 minutes and 38.5921 seconds to travel from Comet Halley (1P/Halley) and arrive to us.

5,173,995,735
34.586025
4 hours, 47 minutes and 38.5921 seconds

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.

Distance of Comet Halley (1P/Halley) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

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 0.47799007 Astronomical Units, or 71,506,297 kilometers:

Fri Jul 29 2061
71,506,297
0.477990

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet Halley (1P/Halley) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet Halley (1P/Halley) is 25.54.

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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 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 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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet Halley (1P/Halley) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet Halley (1P/Halley) rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Comet Halley (1P/Halley) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 87.4°
Max altitude: 41.1°
Azimuth: 272.6°
Comet Halley (1P/Halley) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet Halley (1P/Halley) 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 Halley (1P/Halley) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet Halley (1P/Halley) at epoch 16 February 1994 00:00 UTC (JD: 2449400.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.96714291
Orbit inclination i 162.26269058°
Perihelion distance q 0.58597811 AU
87,661,078 km
Aphelion distance Q 35.08231047 AU
5,248,238,957 km
Semi-major axis a 17.83414429 AU
2,667,950,017 km
Orbital period period 75.3200 years
27,509.1291 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 1986-Feb-05 21:29:15
2,446,467.3953 JD
Next perihelion transit 2061-Jun-01 00:35
2,473,976.5244 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 111.33248510452°
Longitude of the ascending node node 58.420080976568°
Mean anomaly M 38.384264476439°
Mean motion n 0.01308656°/day

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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet Halley (1P/Halley)
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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.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Mar 28 08h 16m 18s +02° 29’ 14” 25.53 Hydra
2020 Mar 29 08h 16m 14s +02° 29’ 53” 25.53 Hydra
2020 Mar 30 08h 16m 11s +02° 30’ 30” 25.54 Hydra
2020 Mar 31 08h 16m 09s +02° 31’ 08” 25.54 Hydra
2020 Apr 01 08h 16m 06s +02° 31’ 45” 25.54 Hydra
2020 Apr 02 08h 16m 04s +02° 32’ 22” 25.54 Hydra
2020 Apr 03 08h 16m 01s +02° 32’ 59” 25.54 Hydra
2020 Apr 04 08h 15m 59s +02° 33’ 37” 25.54 Hydra
2020 Apr 05 08h 15m 56s +02° 34’ 14” 25.54 Hydra
2020 Apr 06 08h 15m 55s +02° 34’ 50” 25.54 Hydra
2020 Apr 07 08h 15m 52s +02° 35’ 26” 25.54 Hydra
2020 Apr 08 08h 15m 51s +02° 36’ 02” 25.54 Hydra
2020 Apr 09 08h 15m 48s +02° 36’ 38” 25.55 Hydra
2020 Apr 10 08h 15m 47s +02° 37’ 13” 25.55 Hydra