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Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR

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Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR 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 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR in Ophiucus on December, 15 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
16h 37m 49s
-20° 08’ 05”
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25.53
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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 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 110.1°
Max altitude: 18.4°
Azimuth: 249.9°

Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR 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 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR
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Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Dec 08 16h 30m 51s -19° 59’ 57” 25.56 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 09 16h 31m 49s -20° 01’ 10” 25.56 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 10 16h 32m 47s -20° 02’ 21” 25.55 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 11 16h 33m 43s -20° 03’ 30” 25.55 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 12 16h 34m 41s -20° 04’ 39” 25.54 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 13 16h 35m 39s -20° 05’ 44” 25.54 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 14 16h 36m 37s -20° 06’ 48” 25.54 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 15 16h 37m 35s -20° 07’ 50” 25.53 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 16 16h 38m 32s -20° 08’ 52” 25.53 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 17 16h 39m 29s -20° 09’ 51” 25.52 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 18 16h 40m 27s -20° 10’ 49” 25.52 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 19 16h 41m 25s -20° 11’ 44” 25.51 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 20 16h 42m 23s -20° 12’ 38” 25.51 Ophiucus
2018 Dec 21 16h 43m 19s -20° 13’ 30” 25.50 Ophiucus

Distance of Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR 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 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR, 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 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR at epoch 01 March 2008 00:00 UTC (JD: 2454527.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.54491240
Orbit inclination i 13.55352223°
Perihelion distance q 1.55357868 AU
232,412,063 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.27402413 AU
788,982,782 km
Semi-major axis a 3.41380141 AU
510,697,422 km
Orbital period period 6.3100 years
2,303.8585 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2008-May-04 15:46:52
2,454,591.1575 JD
Next perihelion transit 2014-Aug-25 12:23
2,456,895.0161 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 163.89955607774°
Longitude of the ascending node node 240.52473611351°
Mean anomaly M 350.05289720324°
Mean motion n 0.15625959°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2026-Nov-12
Distance of closest approach* 0.40123912 AU
60,024,518 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.