Comet 17P/Holmes Position
Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 17P/Holmes is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)
Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 17P/Holmes is right now (view fullscreen)
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Comet 17P/Holmes Distance
The distance of Comet 17P/Holmes from Earth is currently 671,685,956 kilometers, equivalent to 4.489943 Astronomical Units. Light takes 37 minutes and 20.5032 seconds to travel from Comet 17P/Holmes and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 17P/Holmes 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.
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 17P/Holmes from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet 17P/Holmes to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 17P/Holmes to Earth happens on Thu Aug 20 2048 at a distance of 1.14521996 Astronomical Units, or 171,322,468 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 17P/Holmes brightness
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.
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 rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 17P/Holmes touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.
Comet 17P/Holmes Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||2.05661374 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2014-Mar-27 12:18:11
|Next perihelion transit||2021-Feb-13 19:41
|Argument of perihelion||peri||24.515349359396°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||326.76479965817°|
Visualization of Comet 17P/Holmes Orbit
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 15 Days 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 Sep 08||13h 45m 21s||-28° 29’ 40”||21.00||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 09||13h 46m 24s||-28° 32’ 44”||21.00||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 10||13h 47m 27s||-28° 35’ 51”||20.99||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 11||13h 48m 30s||-28° 39’ 01”||20.99||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 12||13h 49m 36s||-28° 42’ 15”||20.99||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 13||13h 50m 39s||-28° 45’ 32”||20.99||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 14||13h 51m 45s||-28° 48’ 51”||20.98||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 15||13h 52m 50s||-28° 52’ 15”||20.98||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 16||13h 53m 56s||-28° 55’ 42”||20.98||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 17||13h 55m 03s||-28° 59’ 12”||20.97||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 18||13h 56m 09s||-29° 02’ 45”||20.97||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 19||13h 57m 16s||-29° 06’ 21”||20.97||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 20||13h 58m 24s||-29° 10’ 01”||20.96||Hydra|
|2019 Sep 21||13h 59m 32s||-29° 13’ 44”||20.96||Hydra|