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Comet C/2014 A4 (SONEAR)

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Comet C/2014 A4 (SONEAR) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2014 A4 (SONEAR) 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/2014 A4 (SONEAR) in Andromeda on August, 27 2016
High Precision Live Sky Chart
22h 58m 08s
+44° 27’ 51”
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet C/2014 A4 (SONEAR) Rise and Set Times

Comet C/2014 A4 (SONEAR) is circumpolar from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] and transits at 00:35 UTC (altitude: 83.0°)

Comet C/2014 A4 (SONEAR) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2014 A4 (SONEAR) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2014 A4 (SONEAR) 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/2014 A4 (SONEAR)
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Comet C/2014 A4 (SONEAR) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2014 A4 (SONEAR) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet C/2014 A4 (SONEAR) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2016 Aug 20 16.81 23h 10m 26s +44° 18’ 11” Andromeda
2016 Aug 21 16.81 23h 08m 43s +44° 20’ 24” Andromeda
2016 Aug 22 16.81 23h 06m 57s +44° 22’ 19” Andromeda
2016 Aug 23 16.81 23h 05m 12s +44° 23’ 59” Andromeda
2016 Aug 24 16.81 23h 03m 27s +44° 25’ 23” Andromeda
2016 Aug 25 16.81 23h 01m 41s +44° 26’ 29” Andromeda
2016 Aug 26 16.82 22h 59m 53s +44° 27’ 19” Andromeda
2016 Aug 27 16.82 22h 58m 08s +44° 27’ 51” Andromeda
2016 Aug 28 16.82 22h 56m 20s +44° 28’ 06” Lacerta
2016 Aug 29 16.82 22h 54m 33s +44° 28’ 05” Lacerta
2016 Aug 30 16.83 22h 52m 45s +44° 27’ 47” Lacerta
2016 Aug 31 16.83 22h 50m 57s +44° 27’ 11” Lacerta
2016 Sep 01 16.83 22h 49m 09s +44° 26’ 18” Lacerta
2016 Sep 02 16.83 22h 47m 21s +44° 25’ 09” Lacerta

Distance of Comet C/2014 A4 (SONEAR) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2014 A4 (SONEAR) 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/2014 A4 (SONEAR) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/2014 A4 (SONEAR) from Earth between January 2013 and January 2030

Light Curve of Comet C/2014 A4 (SONEAR)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2014 A4 (SONEAR), 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/2014 A4 (SONEAR) between January 2013 and January 2030

Comet C/2014 A4 (SONEAR) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2014 A4 (SONEAR) at epoch 20 June 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457194.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00075568
Orbit inclination i 121.35758001°
Perihelion distance q 4.18019418 AU
625,348,150 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2015-Sep-05 20:50:45
2,457,271.3686 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 356.78914124°
Longitude of the ascending node node 29.7274065723°
Mean anomaly M -0.00018414689444°
Mean motion n 0.00000240°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2015-Oct-19
Distance of closest approach* 3.20319518 AU
479,191,179 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.