Southern Comet (C/1947 X1-A)
Southern Comet (C/1947 X1-A) is currently in the constellation of Aquarius. The current Right Ascension of Southern Comet (C/1947 X1-A) is 21h 50m 51s and the Declination is -04° 17’ 23” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]).
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Southern Comet (C/1947 X1-A) Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Southern Comet (C/1947 X1-A) finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Southern Comet (C/1947 X1-A) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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Southern Comet (C/1947 X1-A) Distance from Earth
The distance of Southern Comet (C/1947 X1-A) from Earth is currently 14,390,651,749 kilometers, equivalent to 96.195565 Astronomical Units. Light takes 13 hours, 20 minutes and 2.0473 seconds to travel from Southern Comet (C/1947 X1-A) and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Southern Comet (C/1947 X1-A) 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/1947 X1-A (Southern Comet) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Southern Comet (C/1947 X1-A) to Earth
Between January 1900 and January 2100, the closest approach of Southern Comet (C/1947 X1-A) to Earth happens on Sun Dec 7 1947 at a distance of 0.850110 Astronomical Units, or 127,174,683 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Southern Comet (C/1947 X1-A) 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 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.
Southern Comet (C/1947 X1-A) rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Southern Comet (C/1947 X1-A) 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.
Southern Comet (C/1947 X1-A) Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||0.11000465 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||1947-Dec-02 14:04:30
|Next perihelion transit||20401-Mar-19 07:36
|Argument of perihelion||peri||196.18200763771°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||337.3115288068°|
Visualization of Southern Comet (C/1947 X1-A) Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Southern Comet (C/1947 X1-A) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Southern Comet (C/1947 X1-A) 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!
Southern Comet (C/1947 X1-A) 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Southern Comet (C/1947 X1-A) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Southern Comet (C/1947 X1-A) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2021 May 01||21h 50m 48s||-04° 18’ 24”||N.A.||Aquarius|
|2021 May 02||21h 50m 48s||-04° 18’ 15”||N.A.||Aquarius|
|2021 May 03||21h 50m 49s||-04° 18’ 07”||N.A.||Aquarius|
|2021 May 04||21h 50m 49s||-04° 17’ 59”||N.A.||Aquarius|
|2021 May 05||21h 50m 51s||-04° 17’ 52”||N.A.||Aquarius|
|2021 May 06||21h 50m 51s||-04° 17’ 44”||N.A.||Aquarius|
|2021 May 07||21h 50m 52s||-04° 17’ 35”||N.A.||Aquarius|
|2021 May 08||21h 50m 52s||-04° 17’ 27”||N.A.||Aquarius|
|2021 May 09||21h 50m 52s||-04° 17’ 21”||N.A.||Aquarius|
|2021 May 10||21h 50m 53s||-04° 17’ 13”||N.A.||Aquarius|
|2021 May 11||21h 50m 53s||-04° 17’ 07”||N.A.||Aquarius|
|2021 May 12||21h 50m 53s||-04° 16’ 59”||N.A.||Aquarius|
|2021 May 13||21h 50m 53s||-04° 16’ 54”||N.A.||Aquarius|
|2021 May 14||21h 50m 53s||-04° 16’ 46”||N.A.||Aquarius|