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.
|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.
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 22 June 2011 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455735.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||0.90098697 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2009-Apr-17 12:44:57
|Next perihelion transit||2014-Apr-24 00:41
|Argument of perihelion||peri||150.52958376952°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||65.393856991194°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2014-May-29|
|Distance of closest approach*||0.05555069 AU
* 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.