Comet 17P/Holmes Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 17P/Holmes 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 17P/Holmes Rise and Set Times
Today's Comet 17P/Holmes rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.
Comet 17P/Holmes Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 17P/Holmes with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 17P/Holmes 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 17P/Holmes Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 17P/Holmes computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 17P/Holmes in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2018 Apr 12||20.14||11h 34m 27s||-12° 56’ 12”||Crater|
|2018 Apr 13||20.14||11h 33m 55s||-12° 52’ 45”||Crater|
|2018 Apr 14||20.14||11h 33m 24s||-12° 49’ 18”||Crater|
|2018 Apr 15||20.14||11h 32m 52s||-12° 45’ 50”||Crater|
|2018 Apr 16||20.14||11h 32m 21s||-12° 42’ 21”||Crater|
|2018 Apr 17||20.15||11h 31m 51s||-12° 38’ 54”||Crater|
|2018 Apr 18||20.15||11h 31m 22s||-12° 35’ 26”||Crater|
|2018 Apr 19||20.15||11h 30m 54s||-12° 31’ 59”||Crater|
|2018 Apr 20||20.16||11h 30m 24s||-12° 28’ 33”||Crater|
|2018 Apr 21||20.16||11h 29m 57s||-12° 25’ 08”||Crater|
|2018 Apr 22||20.16||11h 29m 30s||-12° 21’ 43”||Crater|
|2018 Apr 23||20.16||11h 29m 04s||-12° 18’ 20”||Crater|
|2018 Apr 24||20.17||11h 28m 38s||-12° 14’ 57”||Crater|
|2018 Apr 25||20.17||11h 28m 14s||-12° 11’ 36”||Crater|
Distance of Comet 17P/Holmes from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 17P/Holmes 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 17P/Holmes is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet 17P/Holmes
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 17P/Holmes, 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 17P/Holmes Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 17P/Holmes at epoch 16 January 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455213.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||2.05337899 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2007-May-05 00:40:56
|Next perihelion transit||2014-Mar-25 11:00
|Argument of perihelion||peri||24.351852593229°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||326.85321508915°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2048-Aug-20|
|Distance of closest approach*||1.14829316 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.