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Comet 210P/Christensen

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Comet 210P/Christensen Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 210P/Christensen 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 210P/Christensen in Ophiucus on October, 17 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
17h 38m 48s
-23° 37’ 55”

The Observed Magnitude and Coma Diameter values are derived from the Comet Observers Database by averaging the values reported in recent observations (more recent than 4 days), when available. The Estimated Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behvior of comets. When available please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Estimated Magnitude as a directional indication. We acknowledge with thanks the comet observations from the COBS Comet Observation Database contributed by observers worldwide and used in this table to report recent comet observations.

Comet 210P/Christensen Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 210P/Christensen rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 113.6°
Max altitude: 14.9°
Azimuth: 246.4°

Comet 210P/Christensen Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 210P/Christensen with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 210P/Christensen 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 210P/Christensen
View Comet 210P/Christensen in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Comet 210P/Christensen Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 210P/Christensen computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 210P/Christensen in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Oct 10 17h 35m 21s -23° 33’ 29” 25.49 Ophiucus
2018 Oct 11 17h 35m 48s -23° 34’ 06” 25.49 Ophiucus
2018 Oct 12 17h 36m 16s -23° 34’ 44” 25.49 Ophiucus
2018 Oct 13 17h 36m 46s -23° 35’ 21” 25.49 Ophiucus
2018 Oct 14 17h 37m 14s -23° 35’ 58” 25.49 Ophiucus
2018 Oct 15 17h 37m 45s -23° 36’ 37” 25.50 Ophiucus
2018 Oct 16 17h 38m 14s -23° 37’ 14” 25.50 Ophiucus
2018 Oct 17 17h 38m 45s -23° 37’ 51” 25.50 Ophiucus
2018 Oct 18 17h 39m 18s -23° 38’ 29” 25.50 Ophiucus
2018 Oct 19 17h 39m 50s -23° 39’ 06” 25.50 Ophiucus
2018 Oct 20 17h 40m 23s -23° 39’ 42” 25.50 Ophiucus
2018 Oct 21 17h 40m 55s -23° 40’ 18” 25.50 Ophiucus
2018 Oct 22 17h 41m 30s -23° 40’ 54” 25.50 Ophiucus
2018 Oct 23 17h 42m 05s -23° 41’ 30” 25.50 Ophiucus

Distance of Comet 210P/Christensen from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 210P/Christensen 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 210P/Christensen is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 210P/Christensen from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 210P/Christensen

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 210P/Christensen, 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 210P/Christensen between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet 210P/Christensen Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 210P/Christensen at epoch 15 March 2007 00:00 UTC (JD: 2454175.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.82948783
Orbit inclination i 10.17716268°
Perihelion distance q 0.54451161 AU
81,457,777 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.84226554 AU
873,990,486 km
Semi-major axis a 3.19338857 AU
477,724,132 km
Orbital period period 5.7100 years
2,084.3761 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2008-Dec-20 16:17:02
2,454,821.1785 JD
Next perihelion transit 2014-Sep-05 01:18
2,456,905.5546 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 345.47981630229°
Longitude of the ascending node node 93.884816927051°
Mean anomaly M 248.48257087628°
Mean motion n 0.17271356°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2037-Mar-27
Distance of closest approach* 0.32991904 AU
49,355,186 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.