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.
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 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 Europe/London timezone.
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.
|2019 Jan 10||13h 50m 38s||-27° 57’ 44”||20.11||Hydra|
|2019 Jan 11||13h 51m 06s||-28° 04’ 19”||20.10||Hydra|
|2019 Jan 12||13h 51m 35s||-28° 10’ 51”||20.09||Hydra|
|2019 Jan 13||13h 52m 02s||-28° 17’ 23”||20.08||Hydra|
|2019 Jan 14||13h 52m 29s||-28° 23’ 53”||20.07||Hydra|
|2019 Jan 15||13h 52m 57s||-28° 30’ 23”||20.06||Hydra|
|2019 Jan 16||13h 53m 21s||-28° 36’ 50”||20.05||Hydra|
|2019 Jan 17||13h 53m 47s||-28° 43’ 15”||20.04||Hydra|
|2019 Jan 18||13h 54m 11s||-28° 49’ 40”||20.03||Hydra|
|2019 Jan 19||13h 54m 34s||-28° 56’ 02”||20.02||Hydra|
|2019 Jan 20||13h 54m 57s||-29° 02’ 22”||20.01||Hydra|
|2019 Jan 21||13h 55m 19s||-29° 08’ 41”||20.00||Hydra|
|2019 Jan 22||13h 55m 41s||-29° 15’ 00”||19.99||Hydra|
|2019 Jan 23||13h 56m 00s||-29° 21’ 15”||19.98||Hydra|
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.