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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 Scorpius on December, 15 2018
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16h 05m 16s
-22° 25’ 16”
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30.13
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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 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 Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 112.4°
Max altitude: 16.1°
Azimuth: 247.6°

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
View Comet 108P/Ciffreo in the 3D Solar System Simulator

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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Dec 08 15h 59m 30s -22° 04’ 53” 30.16 Scorpius
2018 Dec 09 16h 00m 19s -22° 07’ 45” 30.16 Scorpius
2018 Dec 10 16h 01m 06s -22° 10’ 35” 30.15 Scorpius
2018 Dec 11 16h 01m 54s -22° 13’ 24” 30.15 Scorpius
2018 Dec 12 16h 02m 42s -22° 16’ 14” 30.14 Scorpius
2018 Dec 13 16h 03m 29s -22° 19’ 01” 30.14 Scorpius
2018 Dec 14 16h 04m 17s -22° 21’ 48” 30.13 Scorpius
2018 Dec 15 16h 05m 04s -22° 24’ 36” 30.13 Scorpius
2018 Dec 16 16h 05m 52s -22° 27’ 20” 30.12 Scorpius
2018 Dec 17 16h 06m 38s -22° 30’ 06” 30.12 Scorpius
2018 Dec 18 16h 07m 26s -22° 32’ 49” 30.11 Scorpius
2018 Dec 19 16h 08m 12s -22° 35’ 31” 30.11 Scorpius
2018 Dec 20 16h 08m 59s -22° 38’ 13” 30.10 Scorpius
2018 Dec 21 16h 09m 47s -22° 40’ 54” 30.10 Scorpius

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.