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 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.
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.