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 Jul 18||23.06||21h 06m 52s||-24° 06’ 29”||Capricornus|
|2017 Jul 19||23.05||21h 06m 16s||-24° 10’ 47”||Capricornus|
|2017 Jul 20||23.04||21h 05m 39s||-24° 15’ 07”||Capricornus|
|2017 Jul 21||23.04||21h 05m 03s||-24° 19’ 27”||Capricornus|
|2017 Jul 22||23.03||21h 04m 26s||-24° 23’ 44”||Capricornus|
|2017 Jul 23||23.03||21h 03m 47s||-24° 28’ 03”||Capricornus|
|2017 Jul 24||23.02||21h 03m 08s||-24° 32’ 20”||Capricornus|
|2017 Jul 25||23.01||21h 02m 30s||-24° 36’ 34”||Capricornus|
|2017 Jul 26||23.01||21h 01m 50s||-24° 40’ 50”||Capricornus|
|2017 Jul 27||23.00||21h 01m 10s||-24° 45’ 02”||Capricornus|
|2017 Jul 28||23.00||21h 00m 30s||-24° 49’ 14”||Capricornus|
|2017 Jul 29||22.99||20h 59m 50s||-24° 53’ 25”||Capricornus|
|2017 Jul 30||22.99||20h 59m 09s||-24° 57’ 33”||Capricornus|
|2017 Jul 31||22.98||20h 58m 28s||-25° 01’ 40”||Capricornus|
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*||2027-Jan-06|
|Distance of closest approach*||1.10478588 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.