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.
|2018 May 21||20.43||08h 10m 59s||+22° 06’ 07”||Cancer|
|2018 May 22||20.45||08h 12m 06s||+22° 03’ 48”||Cancer|
|2018 May 23||20.46||08h 13m 14s||+22° 01’ 27”||Cancer|
|2018 May 24||20.48||08h 14m 21s||+21° 59’ 03”||Cancer|
|2018 May 25||20.50||08h 15m 29s||+21° 56’ 35”||Cancer|
|2018 May 26||20.51||08h 16m 37s||+21° 54’ 05”||Cancer|
|2018 May 27||20.53||08h 17m 45s||+21° 51’ 32”||Cancer|
|2018 May 28||20.55||08h 18m 55s||+21° 48’ 56”||Cancer|
|2018 May 29||20.56||08h 20m 03s||+21° 46’ 18”||Cancer|
|2018 May 30||20.58||08h 21m 11s||+21° 43’ 36”||Cancer|
|2018 May 31||20.60||08h 22m 21s||+21° 40’ 54”||Cancer|
|2018 Jun 01||20.61||08h 23m 29s||+21° 38’ 07”||Cancer|
|2018 Jun 02||20.63||08h 24m 38s||+21° 35’ 18”||Cancer|
|2018 Jun 03||20.65||08h 25m 47s||+21° 32’ 26”||Cancer|
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 03 August 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455412.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||1.22423336 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2009-Sep-08 23:37:53
|Next perihelion transit||2017-Jul-10 02:45
|Argument of perihelion||peri||246.76407221967°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||125.62091680402°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2048-Sep-08|
|Distance of closest approach*||0.39623993 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.