Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT is currently in the constellation of Aquarius. The current Right Ascension of Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT is 23h 06m 16s and the Declination is -10° 12’ 03” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT is 25.61 (JPL).
Summary of key facts about Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:
- 204P/LINEAR-NEAT is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the South-West direction at an altitude of 22° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, 204P/LINEAR-NEAT is visible only through long exposure photography.
- See also 204P/LINEAR-NEAT rise and set times.
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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 672,383,441 kilometers, equivalent to 4.494606 Astronomical Units. Light takes 37 minutes and 22.8297 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 January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT to Earth happens on Mon Jan 18 2016 at a distance of 0.976008 Astronomical Units, or 146,008,764 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT 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 behavior 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 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 rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.
Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||1.94022547 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2008-Dec-09 06:35:49
|Next perihelion transit||2015-Dec-15 11:30
|Argument of perihelion||peri||355.04049171704°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||109.10668224963°|
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.
|2021 Apr 29||23h 00m 17s||-10° 39’ 56”||25.71||Aquarius|
|2021 Apr 30||23h 01m 06s||-10° 36’ 02”||25.70||Aquarius|
|2021 May 01||23h 01m 55s||-10° 32’ 12”||25.68||Aquarius|
|2021 May 02||23h 02m 44s||-10° 28’ 23”||25.67||Aquarius|
|2021 May 03||23h 03m 33s||-10° 24’ 37”||25.65||Aquarius|
|2021 May 04||23h 04m 21s||-10° 20’ 53”||25.64||Aquarius|
|2021 May 05||23h 05m 08s||-10° 17’ 12”||25.63||Aquarius|
|2021 May 06||23h 05m 56s||-10° 13’ 33”||25.61||Aquarius|
|2021 May 07||23h 06m 42s||-10° 09’ 59”||25.60||Aquarius|
|2021 May 08||23h 07m 28s||-10° 06’ 26”||25.58||Aquarius|
|2021 May 09||23h 08m 14s||-10° 02’ 57”||25.57||Aquarius|
|2021 May 10||23h 09m 01s||-09° 59’ 30”||25.55||Aquarius|
|2021 May 11||23h 09m 46s||-09° 56’ 08”||25.54||Aquarius|
|2021 May 12||23h 10m 31s||-09° 52’ 48”||25.52||Aquarius|