Comet 226P/PigottLINEARKowalski
Comet 226P/PigottLINEARKowalski Position
Comet 226P/PigottLINEARKowalski is currently in the constellation of Serpens. The current Right Ascension is 15h 18m 01s and the Declination is 01° 24’ 57”.
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Comet 226P/PigottLINEARKowalski Distance
The distance of Comet 226P/PigottLINEARKowalski from Earth is currently 816,193,773 kilometers, equivalent to 5.455918 Astronomical Units. Light takes 45 minutes and 22.5294 seconds to travel from Comet 226P/PigottLINEARKowalski and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 226P/PigottLINEARKowalski 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.
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 226P/PigottLINEARKowalski from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet 226P/PigottLINEARKowalski to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 226P/PigottLINEARKowalski to Earth happens on Thu Nov 10 2089 at a distance of 0.84530959 Astronomical Units, or 126,456,515 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 226P/PigottLINEARKowalski brightness
The current visual magnitude of Comet 226P/PigottLINEARKowalski is 26.97.
The observed magnitude and coma diameter values are derived from the Comet Observers Database by averaging the values reported in recent observations (more recent than 4 days), when available. The Estimated Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of comets. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Estimated 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.
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 226P/PigottLINEARKowalski, 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 226P/PigottLINEARKowalski rise and set times
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London
Today's Comet 226P/PigottLINEARKowalski rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 226P/PigottLINEARKowalski touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.
Comet 226P/PigottLINEARKowalski Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 226P/PigottLINEARKowalski at epoch 15 February 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457800.5). Source: JPL SmallBody Database
Element  Symbol  Value 

Orbit eccentricity  e  0.52882409 
Orbit inclination  i  44.00425138° 
Perihelion distance  q  1.77635298 AU 265,738,625 km 
Aphelion distance  Q 
5.76373111 AU 862,241,903 km 
Semimajor axis  a 
3.77004205 AU 563,990,264 km 
Orbital period  period 
7.3200 years 2,673.7310 days 
Date of perihelion transit  Tp  2016Sep05 03:11:37 2,457,636.6331 JD 
Next perihelion transit  2023Dec31 20:44 2,460,310.3641 JD 

Argument of perihelion  peri  341.12146370211° 
Longitude of the ascending node  node  54.006824361972° 
Mean anomaly  M  22.063585096993° 
Mean motion  n  0.13464331°/day 
Visualization of Comet 226P/PigottLINEARKowalski Orbit
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Comet 226P/PigottLINEARKowalski 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 226P/PigottLINEARKowalski computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 226P/PigottLINEARKowalski in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
Date  Right AscensionR.A.  DeclinationDec.  MagnitudeMag  Constellation 

2020 Feb 12  15h 17m 38s  01° 29’ 52”  27.02  Serpens 
2020 Feb 13  15h 17m 43s  01° 29’ 21”  27.01  Serpens 
2020 Feb 14  15h 17m 48s  01° 28’ 50”  27.01  Serpens 
2020 Feb 15  15h 17m 52s  01° 28’ 14”  27.00  Serpens 
2020 Feb 16  15h 17m 54s  01° 27’ 35”  27.00  Serpens 
2020 Feb 17  15h 17m 57s  01° 26’ 56”  26.99  Serpens 
2020 Feb 18  15h 18m 00s  01° 26’ 12”  26.98  Serpens 
2020 Feb 19  15h 18m 01s  01° 25’ 26”  26.98  Serpens 
2020 Feb 20  15h 18m 02s  01° 24’ 37”  26.97  Serpens 
2020 Feb 21  15h 18m 01s  01° 23’ 44”  26.97  Serpens 
2020 Feb 22  15h 18m 00s  01° 22’ 50”  26.96  Serpens 
2020 Feb 23  15h 17m 58s  01° 21’ 55”  26.95  Serpens 
2020 Feb 24  15h 17m 56s  01° 20’ 56”  26.95  Serpens 
2020 Feb 25  15h 17m 53s  01° 19’ 54”  26.94  Serpens 