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 Feb 14||18.12||07h 13m 11s||+20° 39’ 11”||Gemini|
|2018 Feb 15||18.15||07h 12m 50s||+20° 44’ 27”||Gemini|
|2018 Feb 16||18.18||07h 12m 29s||+20° 49’ 36”||Gemini|
|2018 Feb 17||18.20||07h 12m 11s||+20° 54’ 37”||Gemini|
|2018 Feb 18||18.23||07h 11m 53s||+20° 59’ 30”||Gemini|
|2018 Feb 19||18.26||07h 11m 39s||+21° 04’ 15”||Gemini|
|2018 Feb 20||18.29||07h 11m 26s||+21° 08’ 53”||Gemini|
|2018 Feb 21||18.32||07h 11m 15s||+21° 13’ 26”||Gemini|
|2018 Feb 22||18.35||07h 11m 04s||+21° 17’ 49”||Gemini|
|2018 Feb 23||18.38||07h 10m 57s||+21° 22’ 06”||Gemini|
|2018 Feb 24||18.40||07h 10m 50s||+21° 26’ 17”||Gemini|
|2018 Feb 25||18.43||07h 10m 46s||+21° 30’ 20”||Gemini|
|2018 Feb 26||18.46||07h 10m 44s||+21° 34’ 15”||Gemini|
|2018 Feb 27||18.49||07h 10m 42s||+21° 38’ 04”||Gemini|
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 16 June 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455364.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||1.22418150 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2009-Sep-08 23:29:08
|Next perihelion transit||2017-Jul-09 18:03
|Argument of perihelion||peri||246.76000303498°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||125.62121088762°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2048-Sep-08|
|Distance of closest approach*||0.39624065 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.