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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
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Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales)

Altitude: 18.7°   Azimuth: 52.9°   Direction: North-East

Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) is currently in the constellation of Lynx, at a distance of 402,302,542 kilometers from Earth.

Finder chart of P/2010 H2 (Vales) in Lynx on February,22 2024
Map showing Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) in Lynx on February, 22 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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The current Right Ascension of Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) is 07h 35m 38s and the Declination is +37° 22’ 45” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) is 14.53 (JPL).

07h 35m 38s
+37° 22’ 45”

The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted 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.

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 52.6°
Max altitude: 75.9°
Azimuth: 307.4°
  • P/2010 H2 (Vales) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the North-East direction at an altitude of 19° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, P/2010 H2 (Vales) is visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 20 inches (500mm) or more.
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Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) Position and Finder Charts

Finder chart of P/2010 H2 (Vales)
Map showing Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) in Lynx on February, 22 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

P/2010 H2 (Vales)
RA: 07h 35m 38s
Dec: +37° 22’ 45”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) from Earth is currently 402,302,542 kilometers, equivalent to 2.689226 Astronomical Units. Light takes 22 minutes and 21.9368 seconds to travel from Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) and arrive to us.

22 minutes and 21.9368 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) 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.

Chart of the distance of Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 P/2010 H2 (Vales) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) to Earth happens on Thu Apr 10 2025 at a distance of 2.100351 Astronomical Units, or 314,208,065 kilometers:

Thu Apr 10 2025

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

Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales), 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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) as a function of time

Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) at epoch 07 May 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455324.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.19290772
Orbit inclination i 14.25291236°
Perihelion distance q 3.10773440 AU
464,910,449 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.59332894 AU
687,152,230 km
Semi-major axis a 3.85053167 AU
576,031,340 km
Orbital period period 7.5560 years
2,759.8119 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2010-Mar-09 08:27:45
2,455,264.8526 JD
Next perihelion transit 2017-Sep-28 03:56
2,458,024.6645 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 130.12333494918°
Longitude of the ascending node node 64.30889926668°
Mean anomaly M 7.7806247972151°
Mean motion n 0.13044367°/day

Visualization of Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) 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 P/2010 H2 (Vales)
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Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2024 Feb 15 07h 39m 33s +37° 25’ 18” 14.50 Lynx
2024 Feb 16 07h 38m 57s +37° 25’ 23” 14.50 Lynx
2024 Feb 17 07h 38m 23s +37° 25’ 20” 14.51 Lynx
2024 Feb 18 07h 37m 51s +37° 25’ 10” 14.51 Lynx
2024 Feb 19 07h 37m 19s +37° 24’ 52” 14.52 Lynx
2024 Feb 20 07h 36m 50s +37° 24’ 28” 14.52 Lynx
2024 Feb 21 07h 36m 21s +37° 23’ 54” 14.52 Lynx
2024 Feb 22 07h 35m 53s +37° 23’ 15” 14.53 Lynx
2024 Feb 23 07h 35m 27s +37° 22’ 27” 14.53 Lynx
2024 Feb 24 07h 35m 03s +37° 21’ 33” 14.54 Lynx
2024 Feb 25 07h 34m 41s +37° 20’ 33” 14.54 Lynx
2024 Feb 26 07h 34m 18s +37° 19’ 24” 14.55 Lynx
2024 Feb 27 07h 33m 59s +37° 18’ 11” 14.55 Lynx
2024 Feb 28 07h 33m 39s +37° 16’ 50” 14.56 Lynx