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Comet 209P/LINEAR

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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 in Aries on February, 18 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
03h 01m 54s
+16° 40’ 18”
29.38
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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.

Azimuth: 73.3°
Max altitude: 55.2°
Azimuth: 286.7°

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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet 209P/LINEAR
View Comet 209P/LINEAR in the 3D Solar System Simulator

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.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Feb 11 29.38 02h 59m 45s +16° 18’ 34” Aries
2018 Feb 12 29.38 03h 00m 02s +16° 21’ 32” Aries
2018 Feb 13 29.38 03h 00m 17s +16° 24’ 32” Aries
2018 Feb 14 29.38 03h 00m 35s +16° 27’ 36” Aries
2018 Feb 15 29.38 03h 00m 54s +16° 30’ 42” Aries
2018 Feb 16 29.38 03h 01m 13s +16° 33’ 51” Aries
2018 Feb 17 29.38 03h 01m 32s +16° 37’ 02” Aries
2018 Feb 18 29.38 03h 01m 54s +16° 40’ 18” Aries
2018 Feb 19 29.38 03h 02m 16s +16° 43’ 36” Aries
2018 Feb 20 29.38 03h 02m 39s +16° 46’ 56” Aries
2018 Feb 21 29.38 03h 03m 02s +16° 50’ 20” Aries
2018 Feb 22 29.38 03h 03m 27s +16° 53’ 44” Aries
2018 Feb 23 29.38 03h 03m 51s +16° 57’ 14” Aries
2018 Feb 24 29.38 03h 04m 18s +17° 00’ 43” Aries

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.

Distance of Comet 209P/LINEAR from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 209P/LINEAR between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet 209P/LINEAR Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 209P/LINEAR at epoch 22 June 2011 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455735.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.69256369
Orbit inclination i 19.48032030°
Perihelion distance q 0.90098697 AU
134,785,732 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.96030487 AU
742,051,048 km
Semi-major axis a 2.93064592 AU
438,418,390 km
Orbital period period 5.0200 years
1,832.4978 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2009-Apr-17 12:44:57
2,454,939.0312 JD
Next perihelion transit 2014-Apr-24 00:41
2,456,771.5290 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 150.52958376952°
Longitude of the ascending node node 65.393856991194°
Mean anomaly M 156.46881922669°
Mean motion n 0.19645317°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2014-May-29
Distance of closest approach* 0.05555069 AU
8,310,265 km

* 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.