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 Feb 18||24.95||11h 59m 09s||+16° 37’ 36”||Coma|
|2017 Feb 19||24.96||11h 58m 32s||+16° 41’ 13”||Coma|
|2017 Feb 20||24.96||11h 57m 53s||+16° 44’ 49”||Leo|
|2017 Feb 21||24.96||11h 57m 15s||+16° 48’ 24”||Leo|
|2017 Feb 22||24.97||11h 56m 35s||+16° 51’ 57”||Leo|
|2017 Feb 23||24.97||11h 55m 54s||+16° 55’ 30”||Leo|
|2017 Feb 24||24.98||11h 55m 14s||+16° 58’ 59”||Leo|
|2017 Feb 25||24.98||11h 54m 33s||+17° 02’ 26”||Leo|
|2017 Feb 26||24.98||11h 53m 51s||+17° 05’ 51”||Leo|
|2017 Feb 27||24.99||11h 53m 08s||+17° 09’ 11”||Leo|
|2017 Feb 28||24.99||11h 52m 26s||+17° 12’ 30”||Leo|
|2017 Mar 01||25.00||11h 51m 42s||+17° 15’ 46”||Leo|
|2017 Mar 02||25.01||11h 50m 59s||+17° 18’ 57”||Leo|
|2017 Mar 03||25.01||11h 50m 16s||+17° 22’ 05”||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.