Comet 15P/Finlay Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 15P/Finlay 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 15P/Finlay Rise and Set Times
Today's Comet 15P/Finlay rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.
Comet 15P/Finlay Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 15P/Finlay with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 15P/Finlay 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!
Comet 15P/Finlay Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 15P/Finlay computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 15P/Finlay in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2018 Apr 12||28.63||11h 55m 42s||+02° 15’ 29”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 13||28.64||11h 55m 11s||+02° 18’ 20”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 14||28.64||11h 54m 42s||+02° 21’ 10”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 15||28.64||11h 54m 11s||+02° 23’ 56”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 16||28.64||11h 53m 43s||+02° 26’ 39”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 17||28.65||11h 53m 13s||+02° 29’ 20”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 18||28.65||11h 52m 45s||+02° 31’ 57”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 19||28.65||11h 52m 17s||+02° 34’ 31”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 20||28.66||11h 51m 48s||+02° 37’ 00”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 21||28.66||11h 51m 21s||+02° 39’ 29”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 22||28.66||11h 50m 54s||+02° 41’ 53”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 23||28.67||11h 50m 29s||+02° 44’ 12”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 24||28.67||11h 50m 03s||+02° 46’ 31”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 25||28.68||11h 49m 37s||+02° 48’ 43”||Virgo|
Distance of Comet 15P/Finlay from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 15P/Finlay 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 15P/Finlay is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet 15P/Finlay
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 15P/Finlay, 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.
Comet 15P/Finlay Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 15P/Finlay at epoch 23 April 2013 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456406.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||0.97465031 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2014-Dec-26 22:25:48
|Next perihelion transit||2021-Jun-30 23:46
|Argument of perihelion||peri||347.5656143943°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||13.800639673911°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2060-Oct-27|
|Distance of closest approach*||0.04931676 AU
* 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.