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Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova

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Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova 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 134P/Kowal-Vavrova in Pisces on January, 23 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
23h 54m 25s
+00° 42’ 24”
 = 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 134P/Kowal-Vavrova Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 89.3°
Max altitude: 39.2°
Azimuth: 270.7°

Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova 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 134P/Kowal-Vavrova
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Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Jan 16 23.94 23h 51m 57s +00° 28’ 23” Pisces
2018 Jan 17 23.95 23h 52m 18s +00° 30’ 16” Pisces
2018 Jan 18 23.95 23h 52m 39s +00° 32’ 12” Pisces
2018 Jan 19 23.96 23h 52m 59s +00° 34’ 10” Pisces
2018 Jan 20 23.97 23h 53m 21s +00° 36’ 11” Pisces
2018 Jan 21 23.98 23h 53m 41s +00° 38’ 12” Pisces
2018 Jan 22 23.98 23h 54m 03s +00° 40’ 17” Pisces
2018 Jan 23 23.99 23h 54m 25s +00° 42’ 24” Pisces
2018 Jan 24 24.00 23h 54m 47s +00° 44’ 31” Pisces
2018 Jan 25 24.00 23h 55m 10s +00° 46’ 42” Pisces
2018 Jan 26 24.01 23h 55m 33s +00° 48’ 55” Pisces
2018 Jan 27 24.02 23h 55m 57s +00° 51’ 10” Pisces
2018 Jan 28 24.02 23h 56m 20s +00° 53’ 26” Pisces
2018 Jan 29 24.03 23h 56m 44s +00° 55’ 44” Pisces

Distance of Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova 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 134P/Kowal-Vavrova is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova, 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 134P/Kowal-Vavrova between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova at epoch 18 December 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457375.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.58786859
Orbit inclination i 4.34883155°
Perihelion distance q 2.57135534 AU
384,669,284 km
Aphelion distance Q 9.90697218 AU
1,482,061,947 km
Semi-major axis a 6.23916376 AU
933,365,616 km
Orbital period period 15.5800 years
5,692.3029 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-May-21 15:23:02
2,456,799.1410 JD
Next perihelion transit 2029-Dec-20 22:39
2,462,491.4439 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 18.629079869217°
Longitude of the ascending node node 202.09792586367°
Mean anomaly M 36.450842715109°
Mean motion n 0.06324330°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2014-Apr-26
Distance of closest approach* 1.57541211 AU
235,678,297 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.