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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 December, 16 2018
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
00h 29m 29s
+03° 49’ 27”

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 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 Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 86.2°
Max altitude: 42.3°
Azimuth: 273.8°

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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Dec 09 00h 29m 39s +03° 52’ 00” 24.62 Pisces
2018 Dec 10 00h 29m 35s +03° 51’ 29” 24.62 Pisces
2018 Dec 11 00h 29m 34s +03° 51’ 02” 24.63 Pisces
2018 Dec 12 00h 29m 31s +03° 50’ 36” 24.64 Pisces
2018 Dec 13 00h 29m 30s +03° 50’ 16” 24.64 Pisces
2018 Dec 14 00h 29m 30s +03° 49’ 57” 24.65 Pisces
2018 Dec 15 00h 29m 29s +03° 49’ 41” 24.66 Pisces
2018 Dec 16 00h 29m 29s +03° 49’ 27” 24.66 Pisces
2018 Dec 17 00h 29m 30s +03° 49’ 18” 24.67 Pisces
2018 Dec 18 00h 29m 30s +03° 49’ 10” 24.68 Pisces
2018 Dec 19 00h 29m 31s +03° 49’ 06” 24.68 Pisces
2018 Dec 20 00h 29m 34s +03° 49’ 05” 24.69 Pisces
2018 Dec 21 00h 29m 35s +03° 49’ 08” 24.70 Pisces
2018 Dec 22 00h 29m 38s +03° 49’ 11” 24.70 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.