Comet 217P/LINEAR Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 217P/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 217P/LINEAR Rise and Set Times
Today's Comet 217P/LINEAR rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.
Comet 217P/LINEAR Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 217P/LINEAR with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 217P/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 217P/LINEAR Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 217P/LINEAR computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 217P/LINEAR in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2017 Aug 12||29.56||21h 41m 21s||-24° 04’ 37”||Capricornus|
|2017 Aug 13||29.57||21h 40m 33s||-24° 06’ 38”||Capricornus|
|2017 Aug 14||29.58||21h 39m 47s||-24° 08’ 34”||Capricornus|
|2017 Aug 15||29.58||21h 38m 59s||-24° 10’ 26”||Capricornus|
|2017 Aug 16||29.59||21h 38m 12s||-24° 12’ 12”||Capricornus|
|2017 Aug 17||29.61||21h 37m 27s||-24° 13’ 57”||Capricornus|
|2017 Aug 18||29.62||21h 36m 39s||-24° 15’ 34”||Capricornus|
|2017 Aug 19||29.63||21h 35m 53s||-24° 17’ 09”||Capricornus|
|2017 Aug 20||29.64||21h 35m 08s||-24° 18’ 39”||Capricornus|
|2017 Aug 21||29.65||21h 34m 22s||-24° 20’ 04”||Capricornus|
|2017 Aug 22||29.66||21h 33m 35s||-24° 21’ 25”||Capricornus|
|2017 Aug 23||29.67||21h 32m 50s||-24° 22’ 41”||Capricornus|
|2017 Aug 24||29.68||21h 32m 06s||-24° 23’ 53”||Capricornus|
|2017 Aug 25||29.69||21h 31m 21s||-24° 24’ 59”||Capricornus|
Distance of Comet 217P/LINEAR from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 217P/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 217P/LINEAR is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet 217P/LINEAR
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 217P/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 217P/LINEAR Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 217P/LINEAR at epoch 31 January 2009 00:00 UTC (JD: 2454863.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||1.22359285 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2009-Sep-08 23:28:12
|Next perihelion transit||2017-Jul-08 08:38
|Argument of perihelion||peri||246.76962462714°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||125.62162409946°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2043-Mar-08|
|Distance of closest approach*||0.87549633 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.