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Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR

Altitude: 6.6°   Azimuth: 257.2°   Direction: West-South-West

Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension of Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR is 13h 01m 39s and the Declination is -02° 39’ 16” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR is 22.56 (JPL).

13h 01m 39s
-02° 39’ 16”

The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted 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.

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 92.7°
Max altitude: 35.9°
Azimuth: 267.3°
  • 156P/Russell-LINEAR is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the West-South-West direction at an altitude of 7° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 156P/Russell-LINEAR is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Available Resources

Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Finder chart of 156P/Russell-LINEAR in Virgo on June,09 2023
Map showing Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR in Virgo on June, 09 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 156P/Russell-LINEAR
Map showing Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR in Virgo on June, 09 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 13h 01m 39s
Dec: -02° 39’ 16”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR from Earth is currently 729,103,950 kilometers, equivalent to 4.873759 Astronomical Units. Light takes 40 minutes and 32.0290 seconds to travel from Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR and arrive to us.

40 minutes and 32.0290 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Chart of the distance of Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 156P/Russell-LINEAR from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR to Earth

Between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2099, the closest approach of Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR to Earth happens on Thu Oct 29 2099 at a distance of 0.380005 Astronomical Units, or 56,847,889 kilometers:

Thu Oct 29 2099

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 156P/Russell-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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR as a function of time

Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR at epoch 27 March 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458936.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.61490849
Orbit inclination i 17.26328933°
Perihelion distance q 1.33312151 AU
199,432,140 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.59053935 AU
836,332,785 km
Semi-major axis a 3.46183043 AU
517,882,463 km
Orbital period period 6.4412 years
2,352.6489 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Nov-17 19:55:55
2,459,171.3305 JD
Next perihelion transit 2027-Apr-28 11:30
2,461,523.9794 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 0.381717897806°
Longitude of the ascending node node 35.394354727285°
Mean anomaly M 324.06646888291°
Mean motion n 0.15301901°/day

Visualization of Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 156P/Russell-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 156P/Russell-LINEAR
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Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 156P/Russell-LINEAR in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Jun 02 13h 03m 15s -02° 36’ 56” 22.51 Virgo
2023 Jun 03 13h 02m 58s -02° 37’ 03” 22.51 Virgo
2023 Jun 04 13h 02m 44s -02° 37’ 14” 22.52 Virgo
2023 Jun 05 13h 02m 30s -02° 37’ 29” 22.53 Virgo
2023 Jun 06 13h 02m 16s -02° 37’ 49” 22.54 Virgo
2023 Jun 07 13h 02m 03s -02° 38’ 12” 22.54 Virgo
2023 Jun 08 13h 01m 50s -02° 38’ 42” 22.55 Virgo
2023 Jun 09 13h 01m 40s -02° 39’ 14” 22.56 Virgo
2023 Jun 10 13h 01m 28s -02° 39’ 51” 22.57 Virgo
2023 Jun 11 13h 01m 18s -02° 40’ 31” 22.58 Virgo
2023 Jun 12 13h 01m 09s -02° 41’ 16” 22.58 Virgo
2023 Jun 13 13h 01m 00s -02° 42’ 05” 22.59 Virgo
2023 Jun 14 13h 00m 52s -02° 42’ 57” 22.60 Virgo
2023 Jun 15 13h 00m 46s -02° 43’ 55” 22.61 Virgo