Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON)
Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) Position
Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) 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 C/2012 S1 (ISON) is right now (view fullscreen)
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Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) Distance
The distance of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) from Earth is currently 2,764,959,165 kilometers, equivalent to 18.482610 Astronomical Units. Light takes 2 hours, 33 minutes and 42.9110 seconds to travel from Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) 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/2012 S1 (ISON) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) to Earth happens on Fri Dec 27 2013 at a distance of 0.43060397 Astronomical Units, or 64,417,437 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) 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 C/2012 S1 (ISON), 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 C/2012 S1 (ISON) rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) 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 C/2012 S1 (ISON) Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||0.01245259 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2013-Nov-28 18:41:16
|Argument of perihelion||peri||345.53124062058°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||295.65203155°|
Visualization of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) 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 C/2012 S1 (ISON) 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2019 Nov 15||07h 37m 46s||+37° 44’ 35”||N.A.||Lynx|
|2019 Nov 16||07h 37m 39s||+37° 45’ 34”||N.A.||Lynx|
|2019 Nov 17||07h 37m 29s||+37° 46’ 36”||N.A.||Lynx|
|2019 Nov 18||07h 37m 20s||+37° 47’ 35”||N.A.||Lynx|
|2019 Nov 19||07h 37m 12s||+37° 48’ 37”||N.A.||Lynx|
|2019 Nov 20||07h 37m 02s||+37° 49’ 36”||N.A.||Lynx|
|2019 Nov 21||07h 36m 52s||+37° 50’ 36”||N.A.||Lynx|
|2019 Nov 22||07h 36m 42s||+37° 51’ 37”||N.A.||Lynx|
|2019 Nov 23||07h 36m 33s||+37° 52’ 36”||N.A.||Lynx|
|2019 Nov 24||07h 36m 23s||+37° 53’ 36”||N.A.||Lynx|
|2019 Nov 25||07h 36m 11s||+37° 54’ 37”||N.A.||Lynx|
|2019 Nov 26||07h 36m 01s||+37° 55’ 36”||N.A.||Lynx|
|2019 Nov 27||07h 35m 49s||+37° 56’ 35”||N.A.||Lynx|
|2019 Nov 28||07h 35m 39s||+37° 57’ 33”||N.A.||Lynx|