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Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA)

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Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations. More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) in Camelopardalis on October, 25 2016
High Precision Live Sky Chart
05h 16m 05s
+56° 42’ 37”
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 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) Rise and Set Times

Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) is circumpolar from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] and transits at 03:00 UTC (altitude: 84.8°)

Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) 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 C/2013 US10 (CATALINA)
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Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2016 Oct 18 15.52 05h 27m 56s +56° 12’ 00” Camelopardalis
2016 Oct 19 15.53 05h 26m 21s +56° 16’ 51” Camelopardalis
2016 Oct 20 15.54 05h 24m 42s +56° 21’ 34” Camelopardalis
2016 Oct 21 15.54 05h 23m 03s +56° 26’ 08” Camelopardalis
2016 Oct 22 15.55 05h 21m 20s +56° 30’ 32” Camelopardalis
2016 Oct 23 15.55 05h 19m 37s +56° 34’ 45” Camelopardalis
2016 Oct 24 15.56 05h 17m 52s +56° 38’ 47” Camelopardalis
2016 Oct 25 15.57 05h 16m 05s +56° 42’ 37” Camelopardalis
2016 Oct 26 15.57 05h 14m 16s +56° 46’ 15” Camelopardalis
2016 Oct 27 15.58 05h 12m 24s +56° 49’ 41” Camelopardalis
2016 Oct 28 15.59 05h 10m 32s +56° 52’ 54” Camelopardalis
2016 Oct 29 15.59 05h 08m 38s +56° 55’ 55” Camelopardalis
2016 Oct 30 15.60 05h 06m 42s +56° 58’ 42” Camelopardalis
2016 Oct 31 15.61 05h 04m 44s +57° 01’ 15” Camelopardalis

Distance of Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval. The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) from Earth between January 2013 and January 2030

Light Curve of Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA), 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 C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) between January 2013 and January 2030

Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) at epoch 11 August 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457246.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00030532
Orbit inclination i 148.87833461°
Perihelion distance q 0.82296624 AU
123,113,998 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2015-Nov-15 17:19:10
2,457,342.2217 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 340.359595301°
Longitude of the ascending node node 186.144191148°
Mean anomaly M -0.000674163787519°
Mean motion n 0.00000704°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2016-Jan-17
Distance of closest approach* 0.72472475 AU
108,417,280 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2030-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.