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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 Taurus on April, 23 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
03h 47m 53s
+21° 06’ 53”
29.17
 = 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: 68.9°
Max altitude: 59.6°
Azimuth: 291.1°

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 Apr 16 29.22 03h 41m 04s +20° 35’ 07” Taurus
2018 Apr 17 29.21 03h 42m 02s +20° 39’ 39” Taurus
2018 Apr 18 29.21 03h 43m 00s +20° 44’ 12” Taurus
2018 Apr 19 29.20 03h 43m 58s +20° 48’ 44” Taurus
2018 Apr 20 29.19 03h 44m 56s +20° 53’ 17” Taurus
2018 Apr 21 29.19 03h 45m 55s +20° 57’ 50” Taurus
2018 Apr 22 29.18 03h 46m 54s +21° 02’ 21” Taurus
2018 Apr 23 29.17 03h 47m 53s +21° 06’ 53” Taurus
2018 Apr 24 29.17 03h 48m 53s +21° 11’ 26” Taurus
2018 Apr 25 29.16 03h 49m 54s +21° 15’ 57” Taurus
2018 Apr 26 29.15 03h 50m 54s +21° 20’ 30” Taurus
2018 Apr 27 29.14 03h 51m 56s +21° 25’ 00” Taurus
2018 Apr 28 29.14 03h 52m 56s +21° 29’ 31” Taurus
2018 Apr 29 29.13 03h 53m 58s +21° 34’ 02” Taurus

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.