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 Sep 14||21.33||12h 59m 24s||-00° 22’ 37”||Virgo|
|2017 Sep 15||21.34||13h 00m 06s||-00° 29’ 03”||Virgo|
|2017 Sep 16||21.34||13h 00m 50s||-00° 35’ 27”||Virgo|
|2017 Sep 17||21.34||13h 01m 33s||-00° 41’ 53”||Virgo|
|2017 Sep 18||21.35||13h 02m 17s||-00° 48’ 16”||Virgo|
|2017 Sep 19||21.35||13h 03m 02s||-00° 54’ 41”||Virgo|
|2017 Sep 20||21.35||13h 03m 46s||-01° 01’ 05”||Virgo|
|2017 Sep 21||21.36||13h 04m 29s||-01° 07’ 27”||Virgo|
|2017 Sep 22||21.36||13h 05m 15s||-01° 13’ 50”||Virgo|
|2017 Sep 23||21.36||13h 05m 58s||-01° 20’ 12”||Virgo|
|2017 Sep 24||21.36||13h 06m 43s||-01° 26’ 32”||Virgo|
|2017 Sep 25||21.37||13h 07m 27s||-01° 32’ 53”||Virgo|
|2017 Sep 26||21.37||13h 08m 12s||-01° 39’ 15”||Virgo|
|2017 Sep 27||21.37||13h 08m 57s||-01° 45’ 33”||Virgo|
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.
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*||2031-Oct-21|
|Distance of closest approach*||0.24561708 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.