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

69P/Taylor at perihelion

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Comet 69P/Taylor will make its closest approach to the Sun, at a distance of 2.28 AU.

From Seattle, it will become visible around 20:28 (PDT) as the dusk sky fades, 43° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 5 hours and 48 minutes after the Sun at 01:02.

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For more information about its path across the sky, see In-The-Sky.org's ephemeris page for comet 69P/Taylor.

This event was automatically generated on the basis of orbital elements published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC) , and is updated whenever new elements become available. It was last updated on 09 Aug 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.

Finding 69P/Taylor

The chart below indicates the path of 69P/Taylor across the sky over the course of its apparition.

It was produced using StarCharter and is available for download, either on dark background, in PNG, PDF or SVG formats, or on a light background, in PNG, PDF or SVG formats.

The position of comet 69P/Taylor at perihelion will be:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude
Comet 69P/Taylor 04h19m10s +15°39' Taurus 12.7

The coordinates are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 18 March 2019
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

12-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous


12 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:46 12:45 18:43
Venus 06:00 10:55 15:50
Moon 16:42 23:46 06:15
Mars 09:07 16:40 00:12
Jupiter 02:41 06:56 11:12
Saturn 04:26 08:46 13:07
All times shown in PDT.


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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