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.
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 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 Europe/London timezone.
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 Oct 10||12h 36m 02s||-03° 18’ 01”||29.15||Virgo|
|2018 Oct 11||12h 36m 41s||-03° 22’ 17”||29.15||Virgo|
|2018 Oct 12||12h 37m 18s||-03° 26’ 34”||29.15||Virgo|
|2018 Oct 13||12h 37m 57s||-03° 30’ 50”||29.14||Virgo|
|2018 Oct 14||12h 38m 35s||-03° 35’ 04”||29.14||Virgo|
|2018 Oct 15||12h 39m 12s||-03° 39’ 20”||29.14||Virgo|
|2018 Oct 16||12h 39m 51s||-03° 43’ 35”||29.13||Virgo|
|2018 Oct 17||12h 40m 27s||-03° 47’ 48”||29.13||Virgo|
|2018 Oct 18||12h 41m 06s||-03° 52’ 01”||29.13||Virgo|
|2018 Oct 19||12h 41m 44s||-03° 56’ 14”||29.12||Virgo|
|2018 Oct 20||12h 42m 20s||-04° 00’ 27”||29.12||Virgo|
|2018 Oct 21||12h 42m 59s||-04° 04’ 38”||29.12||Virgo|
|2018 Oct 22||12h 43m 36s||-04° 08’ 49”||29.11||Virgo|
|2018 Oct 23||12h 44m 12s||-04° 13’ 00”||29.11||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.