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Comet 108P/Ciffreo

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Comet 108P/Ciffreo Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 108P/Ciffreo 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 108P/Ciffreo in Libra on January, 22 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
15h 29m 56s
-17° 15’ 48”
 = 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 108P/Ciffreo Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 108P/Ciffreo rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 107.3°
Max altitude: 21.3°
Azimuth: 252.7°

Comet 108P/Ciffreo Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 108P/Ciffreo with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 108P/Ciffreo 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 108P/Ciffreo
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Comet 108P/Ciffreo Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 108P/Ciffreo computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 108P/Ciffreo in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Jan 15 30.26 15h 26m 43s -17° 01’ 26” Libra
2018 Jan 16 30.25 15h 27m 11s -17° 03’ 34” Libra
2018 Jan 17 30.25 15h 27m 41s -17° 05’ 43” Libra
2018 Jan 18 30.24 15h 28m 09s -17° 07’ 47” Libra
2018 Jan 19 30.24 15h 28m 36s -17° 09’ 51” Libra
2018 Jan 20 30.24 15h 29m 03s -17° 11’ 53” Libra
2018 Jan 21 30.23 15h 29m 30s -17° 13’ 51” Libra
2018 Jan 22 30.23 15h 29m 56s -17° 15’ 48” Libra
2018 Jan 23 30.22 15h 30m 21s -17° 17’ 44” Libra
2018 Jan 24 30.22 15h 30m 47s -17° 19’ 36” Libra
2018 Jan 25 30.21 15h 31m 10s -17° 21’ 27” Libra
2018 Jan 26 30.21 15h 31m 35s -17° 23’ 16” Libra
2018 Jan 27 30.20 15h 31m 58s -17° 25’ 03” Libra
2018 Jan 28 30.20 15h 32m 21s -17° 26’ 47” Libra

Distance of Comet 108P/Ciffreo from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 108P/Ciffreo 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 108P/Ciffreo is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 108P/Ciffreo from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 108P/Ciffreo

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 108P/Ciffreo, 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 108P/Ciffreo between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet 108P/Ciffreo Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 108P/Ciffreo at epoch 21 May 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457164.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.54338627
Orbit inclination i 13.09615621°
Perihelion distance q 1.70889425 AU
255,646,942 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.77618188 AU
864,104,512 km
Semi-major axis a 3.74253807 AU
559,875,727 km
Orbital period period 7.2400 years
2,644.5255 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-Oct-18 11:10:16
2,456,948.9655 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Jan-13 23:47
2,459,593.4910 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 358.10765867061°
Longitude of the ascending node node 53.655214028008°
Mean anomaly M 29.340775269648°
Mean motion n 0.13613028°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2028-Oct-19
Distance of closest approach* 0.78588773 AU
117,567,132 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.