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Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales)

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Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) Position

Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) is currently in the constellation of Aquarius. The current Right Ascension is 23h 03m 57s and the Declination is -19° 07’ 13”.

23h 03m 57s
-19° 07’ 13”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) in Aquarius on April, 04 2020
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) is right now (view fullscreen)

P/2010 H2 (Vales)
RA: 23h 03m 57s
Dec: -19° 07’ 13”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales)
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Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) Distance

The distance of Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) from Earth is currently 761,650,622 kilometers, equivalent to 5.091320 Astronomical Units. Light takes 42 minutes and 20.5930 seconds to travel from Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) and arrive to us.

761,650,622
5.091320
42 minutes and 20.5930 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.

Distance of Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) 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 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 January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) to Earth happens on Thu Apr 10 2025 at a distance of 2.10030689 Astronomical Units, or 314,201,439 kilometers:

Thu Apr 10 2025
314,201,439
2.100307

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

Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) is 16.80.

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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 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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) 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 P/2010 H2 (Vales) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 109.1°
Max altitude: 19.4°
Azimuth: 250.9°
Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) 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 P/2010 H2 (Vales) 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 P/2010 H2 (Vales) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales) at epoch 06 May 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455323.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.19289362
Orbit inclination i 14.25286295°
Perihelion distance q 3.10766567 AU
464,900,168 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.59309288 AU
687,116,916 km
Semi-major axis a 3.85037927 AU
576,008,542 km
Orbital period period 7.5600 years
2,759.6480 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2010-Mar-09 03:33:37
2,455,264.6483 JD
Next perihelion transit 2017-Sep-27 19:06
2,458,024.2964 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 130.08308024012°
Longitude of the ascending node node 64.308942752048°
Mean anomaly M 7.6772817901338°
Mean motion n 0.13045142°/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
2020 Mar 28 22h 56m 44s -19° 41’ 21” 16.81 Aquarius
2020 Mar 29 22h 57m 46s -19° 36’ 29” 16.81 Aquarius
2020 Mar 30 22h 58m 46s -19° 31’ 41” 16.81 Aquarius
2020 Mar 31 22h 59m 47s -19° 26’ 54” 16.81 Aquarius
2020 Apr 01 23h 00m 47s -19° 22’ 10” 16.81 Aquarius
2020 Apr 02 23h 01m 46s -19° 17’ 29” 16.80 Aquarius
2020 Apr 03 23h 02m 45s -19° 12’ 50” 16.80 Aquarius
2020 Apr 04 23h 03m 44s -19° 08’ 12” 16.80 Aquarius
2020 Apr 05 23h 04m 44s -19° 03’ 39” 16.80 Aquarius
2020 Apr 06 23h 05m 43s -18° 59’ 08” 16.80 Aquarius
2020 Apr 07 23h 06m 41s -18° 54’ 38” 16.79 Aquarius
2020 Apr 08 23h 07m 40s -18° 50’ 12” 16.79 Aquarius
2020 Apr 09 23h 08m 36s -18° 45’ 50” 16.79 Aquarius
2020 Apr 10 23h 09m 34s -18° 41’ 30” 16.79 Aquarius