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Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski

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Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski 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 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski in Canes on January, 22 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
13h 53m 20s
+39° 06’ 08”
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski Rise and Set Times

Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski is circumpolar from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] and transits at 05:47 UTC (altitude: 77.6°)

Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski 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 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski
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Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Jan 15 23.79 13h 51m 38s +38° 17’ 13” Canes
2018 Jan 16 23.79 13h 51m 56s +38° 23’ 56” Canes
2018 Jan 17 23.79 13h 52m 13s +38° 30’ 43” Canes
2018 Jan 18 23.80 13h 52m 28s +38° 37’ 37” Canes
2018 Jan 19 23.80 13h 52m 44s +38° 44’ 38” Canes
2018 Jan 20 23.80 13h 52m 57s +38° 51’ 42” Canes
2018 Jan 21 23.81 13h 53m 08s +38° 58’ 54” Canes
2018 Jan 22 23.81 13h 53m 20s +39° 06’ 08” Canes
2018 Jan 23 23.81 13h 53m 30s +39° 13’ 28” Canes
2018 Jan 24 23.82 13h 53m 38s +39° 20’ 53” Canes
2018 Jan 25 23.82 13h 53m 44s +39° 28’ 22” Canes
2018 Jan 26 23.83 13h 53m 49s +39° 35’ 54” Canes
2018 Jan 27 23.83 13h 53m 54s +39° 43’ 32” Canes
2018 Jan 28 23.83 13h 53m 57s +39° 51’ 11” Canes

Distance of Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski 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 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski, 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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski at epoch 15 February 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457800.5). Source: JPL Small-Body 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
Semi-major axis a 3.77004205 AU
563,990,264 km
Orbital period period 7.3200 years
2,673.7310 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Sep-05 03:11:37
2,457,636.6331 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Dec-31 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
Closest approach to Earth* 2060-Nov-14
Distance of closest approach* 0.97254823 AU
145,491,145 km

* 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.