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Comet 219P/LINEAR

Altitude: -49.6°   Azimuth: 16.5°   Direction: North-North-East

Comet 219P/LINEAR is currently in the constellation of Serpens. The current Right Ascension of Comet 219P/LINEAR is 18h 05m 19s and the Declination is -12° 01’ 36” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 219P/LINEAR is 17.69 (JPL).

18h 05m 19s
-12° 01’ 36”

The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted Magnitude as a directional indication. We acknowledge with thanks the comet observations from the COBS Comet Observation Database contributed by observers worldwide and used in this table to report recent comet observations.

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet 219P/LINEAR from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 102.0°
Max altitude: 26.5°
Azimuth: 258.0°
  • 219P/LINEAR is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Given its current magnitude, 219P/LINEAR is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Comet 219P/LINEAR Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 219P/LINEAR finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Finder chart of 219P/LINEAR in Serpens on September,24 2023
Map showing Comet 219P/LINEAR in Serpens on September, 24 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 219P/LINEAR
Map showing Comet 219P/LINEAR in Serpens on September, 24 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 219P/LINEAR is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 18h 05m 19s
Dec: -12° 01’ 36”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 219P/LINEAR
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 219P/LINEAR?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 219P/LINEAR in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 219P/LINEAR Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 219P/LINEAR from Earth is currently 346,196,703 kilometers, equivalent to 2.314182 Astronomical Units. Light takes 19 minutes and 14.7879 seconds to travel from Comet 219P/LINEAR and arrive to us.

19 minutes and 14.7879 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 219P/LINEAR from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Chart of the distance of Comet 219P/LINEAR from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 219P/LINEAR from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet 219P/LINEAR to Earth

Between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2099, the closest approach of Comet 219P/LINEAR to Earth happens on Thu Sep 10 2065 at a distance of 1.311512 Astronomical Units, or 196,199,444 kilometers:

Thu Sep 10 2065

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet 219P/LINEAR Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 219P/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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet 219P/LINEAR as a function of time

Comet 219P/LINEAR Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 219P/LINEAR at epoch 04 December 2012 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456266.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.35211022
Orbit inclination i 11.52904293°
Perihelion distance q 2.36464854 AU
353,746,388 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.93489103 AU
738,249,192 km
Semi-major axis a 3.64976979 AU
545,997,790 km
Orbital period period 6.9728 years
2,546.8105 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2010-Mar-04 11:04:14
2,455,259.9613 JD
Next perihelion transit 2017-Feb-22 06:31
2,457,806.7718 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 107.57607245283°
Longitude of the ascending node node 231.02834246937°
Mean anomaly M 142.27754124491°
Mean motion n 0.14135327°/day

Visualization of Comet 219P/LINEAR Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 219P/LINEAR with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 219P/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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet 219P/LINEAR
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Comet 219P/LINEAR 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 219P/LINEAR computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 219P/LINEAR in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Sep 17 17h 58m 22s -11° 47’ 02” 17.68 Serpens
2023 Sep 18 17h 59m 16s -11° 49’ 06” 17.68 Serpens
2023 Sep 19 18h 00m 10s -11° 51’ 10” 17.68 Serpens
2023 Sep 20 18h 01m 05s -11° 53’ 12” 17.68 Serpens
2023 Sep 21 18h 02m 03s -11° 55’ 11” 17.68 Serpens
2023 Sep 22 18h 03m 02s -11° 57’ 11” 17.69 Serpens
2023 Sep 23 18h 04m 01s -11° 59’ 08” 17.69 Serpens
2023 Sep 24 18h 05m 02s -12° 01’ 03” 17.69 Serpens
2023 Sep 25 18h 06m 03s -12° 02’ 56” 17.69 Serpens
2023 Sep 26 18h 07m 06s -12° 04’ 46” 17.69 Serpens
2023 Sep 27 18h 08m 12s -12° 06’ 35” 17.70 Serpens
2023 Sep 28 18h 09m 16s -12° 08’ 21” 17.70 Serpens
2023 Sep 29 18h 10m 23s -12° 10’ 05” 17.70 Serpens
2023 Sep 30 18h 11m 30s -12° 11’ 48” 17.70 Serpens