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 Oct 11||16.32||07h 48m 01s||+10° 28’ 59”||Canis|
|2017 Oct 12||16.33||07h 49m 32s||+10° 26’ 36”||Canis|
|2017 Oct 13||16.35||07h 51m 02s||+10° 24’ 17”||Canis|
|2017 Oct 14||16.36||07h 52m 28s||+10° 22’ 02”||Canis|
|2017 Oct 15||16.37||07h 53m 54s||+10° 19’ 50”||Canis|
|2017 Oct 16||16.39||07h 55m 18s||+10° 17’ 43”||Canis|
|2017 Oct 17||16.40||07h 56m 39s||+10° 15’ 38”||Cancer|
|2017 Oct 18||16.41||07h 58m 00s||+10° 13’ 38”||Cancer|
|2017 Oct 19||16.42||07h 59m 17s||+10° 11’ 44”||Cancer|
|2017 Oct 20||16.44||08h 00m 33s||+10° 09’ 53”||Cancer|
|2017 Oct 21||16.45||08h 01m 46s||+10° 08’ 08”||Cancer|
|2017 Oct 22||16.46||08h 02m 57s||+10° 06’ 29”||Cancer|
|2017 Oct 23||16.47||08h 04m 08s||+10° 04’ 54”||Cancer|
|2017 Oct 24||16.48||08h 05m 15s||+10° 03’ 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 11 July 2009 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455024.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||1.22397474 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2009-Sep-08 23:06:34
|Next perihelion transit||2017-Jul-09 22:05
|Argument of perihelion||peri||246.74278095379°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||125.62199046965°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2048-Sep-08|
|Distance of closest approach*||0.39634081 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.