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
Comet 104P/Kowal 2 is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
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.
|2017 Sep 14||14.31||13h 51m 57s||-60° 46’ 41”||Centaurus|
|2017 Sep 15||14.23||13h 51m 20s||-60° 10’ 18”||Centaurus|
|2017 Sep 16||14.15||13h 50m 44s||-59° 34’ 04”||Centaurus|
|2017 Sep 17||14.06||13h 50m 12s||-58° 57’ 52”||Centaurus|
|2017 Sep 18||13.98||13h 49m 42s||-58° 21’ 46”||Centaurus|
|2017 Sep 19||13.89||13h 49m 14s||-57° 45’ 38”||Centaurus|
|2017 Sep 20||13.80||13h 48m 48s||-57° 09’ 30”||Centaurus|
|2017 Sep 21||13.70||13h 48m 24s||-56° 33’ 20”||Centaurus|
|2017 Sep 22||13.61||13h 48m 01s||-55° 57’ 02”||Centaurus|
|2017 Sep 23||13.51||13h 47m 38s||-55° 20’ 36”||Centaurus|
|2017 Sep 24||13.40||13h 47m 16s||-54° 43’ 59”||Centaurus|
|2017 Sep 25||13.29||13h 46m 54s||-54° 07’ 06”||Centaurus|
|2017 Sep 26||13.18||13h 46m 32s||-53° 29’ 54”||Centaurus|
|2017 Sep 27||13.07||13h 46m 11s||-52° 52’ 18”||Centaurus|
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.
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*||2028-Jun-17|
|Distance of closest approach*||0.32048723 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.