© Andy Roberts 1997. Pictured comet is C/1995 O1 Hale-Bopp.

62P/Tsuchinshan at perihelion

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Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan will make its closest approach to the Sun, at a distance of 1.38 AU.

From Cambridge, it will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 00:21 (EST) – 6 hours and 13 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 51° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 05:23.

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For more information about its path across the sky, see In-The-Sky.org's ephemeris page for comet 62P/Tsuchinshan.

This event was automatically generated on the basis of orbital elements published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC), and is updated daily (last update, 19 Jan 2019).

Note that the future positions of comets are typically known with a high degree of confidence, but their brightnesses are often much more unpredictable, since it is impossible to predict with certainty how they will respond as they move closer to the Sun. Magnitude estimates should be assumed to be highly provisional more than a few weeks in advance.

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The exact position of comet 62P/Tsuchinshan will be:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude
Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan 11h05m20s +11°17' Leo 10.6

The coordinates are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 16 November 2017
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28-day old moon
Waning Crescent


28 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:31 12:53 17:16
Venus 05:27 10:37 15:48
Moon 04:38 10:11 15:45
Mars 03:14 08:59 14:44
Jupiter 05:10 10:23 15:37
Saturn 09:07 13:42 18:17
All times shown in EST.


The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.

Image credit

© Andy Roberts 1997. Pictured comet is C/1995 O1 Hale-Bopp.




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