The current Right Ascension of Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT is 14h 58m 54s and the Declination is -11° 48’ 56” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom ). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT is 21.94 (JPL).
The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted 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.
- 204P/LINEAR-NEAT is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- Given its current magnitude, 204P/LINEAR-NEAT is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
Also check out Where is Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT from Earth is currently 633,927,504 kilometers, equivalent to 4.237544 Astronomical Units. Light takes 35 minutes and 14.5545 seconds to travel from Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT 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 204P/LINEAR-NEAT from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest Approach of Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT to Earth
Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT to Earth happens on Mon Jan 18 2016 at a distance of 0.976006 Astronomical Units, or 146,008,425 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT Brightness and Light Curve
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT, 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 204P/LINEAR-NEAT Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||1.93104595 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2015-Dec-11 09:55:30
|Next perihelion transit||2022-Dec-10 00:32
|Argument of perihelion||peri||354.9910444685°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||109.07430775348°|
Visualization of Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT 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 204P/LINEAR-NEAT 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2023 Nov 27||14h 50m 03s||-11° 11’ 22”||21.93||Libra|
|2023 Nov 28||14h 51m 20s||-11° 16’ 54”||21.93||Libra|
|2023 Nov 29||14h 52m 36s||-11° 22’ 22”||21.93||Libra|
|2023 Nov 30||14h 53m 52s||-11° 27’ 47”||21.93||Libra|
|2023 Dec 01||14h 55m 08s||-11° 33’ 06”||21.94||Libra|
|2023 Dec 02||14h 56m 22s||-11° 38’ 24”||21.94||Libra|
|2023 Dec 03||14h 57m 38s||-11° 43’ 36”||21.94||Libra|
|2023 Dec 04||14h 58m 53s||-11° 48’ 47”||21.94||Libra|
|2023 Dec 05||15h 00m 07s||-11° 53’ 53”||21.95||Libra|
|2023 Dec 06||15h 01m 22s||-11° 58’ 54”||21.95||Libra|
|2023 Dec 07||15h 02m 35s||-12° 03’ 52”||21.95||Libra|
|2023 Dec 08||15h 03m 50s||-12° 08’ 47”||21.95||Libra|
|2023 Dec 09||15h 05m 03s||-12° 13’ 36”||21.95||Libra|
|2023 Dec 10||15h 06m 16s||-12° 18’ 24”||21.96||Libra|