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Comet 104P/Kowal 2

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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 in Ophiucus on November, 15 2018
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16h 24m 17s
-19° 18’ 29”
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25.36
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The Observed Magnitude and Coma Diameter values are derived from the Comet Observers Database by averaging the values reported in recent observations (more recent than 4 days), when available. The Estimated Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behvior of comets. When available please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Estimated Magnitude as a directional indication. We acknowledge with thanks the comet observations from the COBS Comet Observation Database contributed by observers worldwide and used in this table to report recent comet observations.

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 Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 109.3°
Max altitude: 19.2°
Azimuth: 250.7°

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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet 104P/Kowal 2
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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.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Nov 08 16h 17m 57s -19° 05’ 54” 25.34 Scorpius
2018 Nov 09 16h 18m 46s -19° 07’ 35” 25.34 Scorpius
2018 Nov 10 16h 19m 33s -19° 09’ 12” 25.34 Scorpius
2018 Nov 11 16h 20m 21s -19° 10’ 50” 25.35 Scorpius
2018 Nov 12 16h 21m 11s -19° 12’ 26” 25.35 Scorpius
2018 Nov 13 16h 21m 59s -19° 14’ 03” 25.35 Scorpius
2018 Nov 14 16h 22m 47s -19° 15’ 38” 25.36 Scorpius
2018 Nov 15 16h 23m 36s -19° 17’ 12” 25.36 Ophiucus
2018 Nov 16 16h 24m 25s -19° 18’ 46” 25.36 Ophiucus
2018 Nov 17 16h 25m 14s -19° 20’ 17” 25.36 Ophiucus
2018 Nov 18 16h 26m 04s -19° 21’ 48” 25.37 Ophiucus
2018 Nov 19 16h 26m 53s -19° 23’ 18” 25.37 Ophiucus
2018 Nov 20 16h 27m 42s -19° 24’ 48” 25.37 Ophiucus
2018 Nov 21 16h 28m 32s -19° 26’ 17” 25.37 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.

Distance of Comet 104P/Kowal 2 from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 104P/Kowal 2 between January 2013 and December 2075

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

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.63866959
Orbit inclination i 10.25426992°
Perihelion distance q 1.17912244 AU
176,394,207 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.34743828 AU
799,965,382 km
Semi-major axis a 3.26328036 AU
488,179,795 km
Orbital period period 5.9000 years
2,153.1784 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Mar-28 03:38:15
2,457,475.6516 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Feb-18 07:55
2,459,628.8299 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 200.67394770051°
Longitude of the ascending node node 235.42076373542°
Mean anomaly M 20.873994859479°
Mean motion n 0.16719469°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2061-Jan-02
Distance of closest approach* 0.08765315 AU
13,112,724 km

* 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.