Comet 104P/Kowal 2
Comet 104P/Kowal 2 Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 104P/Kowal 2 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 104P/Kowal 2 Rise and Set Times
Today's Comet 104P/Kowal 2 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.
Comet 104P/Kowal 2 Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 104P/Kowal 2 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 104P/Kowal 2 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!
Comet 104P/Kowal 2 Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 104P/Kowal 2 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 104P/Kowal 2 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2018 Feb 17||24.24||16h 24m 25s||-21° 26’ 44”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Feb 18||24.24||16h 24m 47s||-21° 26’ 54”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Feb 19||24.24||16h 25m 09s||-21° 27’ 02”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Feb 20||24.24||16h 25m 28s||-21° 27’ 09”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Feb 21||24.23||16h 25m 49s||-21° 27’ 12”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Feb 22||24.23||16h 26m 08s||-21° 27’ 14”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Feb 23||24.23||16h 26m 26s||-21° 27’ 14”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Feb 24||24.22||16h 26m 43s||-21° 27’ 11”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Feb 25||24.22||16h 26m 58s||-21° 27’ 06”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Feb 26||24.22||16h 27m 15s||-21° 26’ 58”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Feb 27||24.22||16h 27m 29s||-21° 26’ 49”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Feb 28||24.21||16h 27m 43s||-21° 26’ 39”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Mar 01||24.21||16h 27m 56s||-21° 26’ 25”||Ophiucus|
|2018 Mar 02||24.21||16h 28m 09s||-21° 26’ 09”||Ophiucus|
Distance of Comet 104P/Kowal 2 from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 104P/Kowal 2 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 104P/Kowal 2 is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet 104P/Kowal 2
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 104P/Kowal 2, 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.
Comet 104P/Kowal 2 Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 104P/Kowal 2 at epoch 30 July 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||1.17912244 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2016-Mar-28 03:38:15
|Next perihelion transit||2022-Feb-18 07:55
|Argument of perihelion||peri||200.67394770051°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||235.42076373542°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2061-Jan-02|
|Distance of closest approach*||0.08765315 AU
* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.