Comet 209P/LINEAR Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 209P/LINEAR 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 209P/LINEAR Rise and Set Times
Today's Comet 209P/LINEAR rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.
Comet 209P/LINEAR Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 209P/LINEAR with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 209P/LINEAR 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 209P/LINEAR Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 209P/LINEAR computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 209P/LINEAR in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2017 Mar 21||25.14||11h 36m 46s||+18° 04’ 37”||Leo|
|2017 Mar 22||25.15||11h 36m 02s||+18° 06’ 03”||Leo|
|2017 Mar 23||25.16||11h 35m 17s||+18° 07’ 23”||Leo|
|2017 Mar 24||25.17||11h 34m 35s||+18° 08’ 36”||Leo|
|2017 Mar 25||25.18||11h 33m 51s||+18° 09’ 42”||Leo|
|2017 Mar 26||25.19||11h 33m 09s||+18° 10’ 41”||Leo|
|2017 Mar 27||25.20||11h 32m 26s||+18° 11’ 35”||Leo|
|2017 Mar 28||25.21||11h 31m 45s||+18° 12’ 20”||Leo|
|2017 Mar 29||25.22||11h 31m 04s||+18° 12’ 59”||Leo|
|2017 Mar 30||25.23||11h 30m 23s||+18° 13’ 30”||Leo|
|2017 Mar 31||25.24||11h 29m 43s||+18° 13’ 54”||Leo|
|2017 Apr 01||25.25||11h 29m 03s||+18° 14’ 12”||Leo|
|2017 Apr 02||25.26||11h 28m 23s||+18° 14’ 22”||Leo|
|2017 Apr 03||25.27||11h 27m 46s||+18° 14’ 26”||Leo|
Distance of Comet 209P/LINEAR from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 209P/LINEAR 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 209P/LINEAR is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet 209P/LINEAR
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 209P/LINEAR, 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 209P/LINEAR Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 209P/LINEAR at epoch 20 June 2011 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455733.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||0.90107881 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2009-Apr-17 12:27:10
|Next perihelion transit||2014-Apr-24 01:31
|Argument of perihelion||peri||150.5212232131°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||65.403583419347°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2022-Oct-27|
|Distance of closest approach*||1.18570947 AU
* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2030-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.