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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 April, 23 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
15h 23m 07s
-17° 39’ 32”
29.77
 = 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: 107.7°
Max altitude: 20.9°
Azimuth: 252.3°

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 Apr 16 29.80 15h 26m 53s -17° 48’ 15” Libra
2018 Apr 17 29.79 15h 26m 22s -17° 47’ 06” Libra
2018 Apr 18 29.79 15h 25m 50s -17° 45’ 55” Libra
2018 Apr 19 29.79 15h 25m 18s -17° 44’ 40” Libra
2018 Apr 20 29.78 15h 24m 47s -17° 43’ 26” Libra
2018 Apr 21 29.78 15h 24m 14s -17° 42’ 10” Libra
2018 Apr 22 29.78 15h 23m 39s -17° 40’ 50” Libra
2018 Apr 23 29.77 15h 23m 07s -17° 39’ 32” Libra
2018 Apr 24 29.77 15h 22m 32s -17° 38’ 09” Libra
2018 Apr 25 29.77 15h 21m 57s -17° 36’ 47” Libra
2018 Apr 26 29.77 15h 21m 23s -17° 35’ 23” Libra
2018 Apr 27 29.77 15h 20m 48s -17° 33’ 57” Libra
2018 Apr 28 29.76 15h 20m 12s -17° 32’ 31” Libra
2018 Apr 29 29.76 15h 19m 36s -17° 31’ 04” 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.