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 Jun 18||15.63||01h 56m 12s||+04° 06’ 29”||Pisces|
|2017 Jun 19||15.61||02h 00m 06s||+04° 20’ 13”||Pisces|
|2017 Jun 20||15.60||02h 04m 00s||+04° 33’ 51”||Pisces|
|2017 Jun 21||15.58||02h 07m 54s||+04° 47’ 21”||Cetus|
|2017 Jun 22||15.57||02h 11m 50s||+05° 00’ 42”||Cetus|
|2017 Jun 23||15.56||02h 15m 46s||+05° 13’ 54”||Cetus|
|2017 Jun 24||15.55||02h 19m 41s||+05° 26’ 57”||Cetus|
|2017 Jun 25||15.54||02h 23m 36s||+05° 39’ 51”||Cetus|
|2017 Jun 26||15.53||02h 27m 33s||+05° 52’ 35”||Cetus|
|2017 Jun 27||15.52||02h 31m 27s||+06° 05’ 08”||Cetus|
|2017 Jun 28||15.51||02h 35m 23s||+06° 17’ 33”||Cetus|
|2017 Jun 29||15.50||02h 39m 20s||+06° 29’ 45”||Cetus|
|2017 Jun 30||15.49||02h 43m 15s||+06° 41’ 48”||Cetus|
|2017 Jul 01||15.48||02h 47m 11s||+06° 53’ 38”||Cetus|
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 20 June 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457560.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||1.23548063 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2017-Jul-16 14:22:12
|Argument of perihelion||peri||246.95371324913°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||125.45727021616°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2048-Sep-08|
|Distance of closest approach*||0.39631664 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.