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Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski

Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski is currently in the constellation of Phoenix.

The current Right Ascension of Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski is 00h 37m 38s and the Declination is -50° 01’ 34” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski is 19.78 (JPL).

00h 37m 38s
-50° 01’ 34”

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 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Today Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski is not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

  • 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Given its current magnitude, 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Available Resources

Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski 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 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski in Phoenix on June,03 2023
Map showing Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski in Phoenix on June, 03 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski
Map showing Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski in Phoenix on June, 03 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 00h 37m 38s
Dec: -50° 01’ 34”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

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

The distance of Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski from Earth is currently 346,846,059 kilometers, equivalent to 2.318523 Astronomical Units. Light takes 19 minutes and 16.9539 seconds to travel from Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski and arrive to us.

19 minutes and 16.9539 seconds

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

Closest Approach of Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski to Earth happens on Thu Nov 10 2089 at a distance of 0.845310 Astronomical Units, or 126,456,524 kilometers:

Thu Nov 10 2089

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

Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski Brightness and Light Curve

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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski as a function of time

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 7.3203 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

Visualization of Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski Orbit

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
View Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski 15 Days 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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 May 27 00h 20m 13s -49° 53’ 21” 19.96 Phoenix
2023 May 28 00h 22m 42s -49° 54’ 20” 19.93 Phoenix
2023 May 29 00h 25m 09s -49° 55’ 23” 19.91 Phoenix
2023 May 30 00h 27m 38s -49° 56’ 30” 19.88 Phoenix
2023 May 31 00h 30m 05s -49° 57’ 38” 19.86 Phoenix
2023 Jun 01 00h 32m 31s -49° 58’ 50” 19.83 Phoenix
2023 Jun 02 00h 34m 59s -50° 00’ 06” 19.81 Phoenix
2023 Jun 03 00h 37m 24s -50° 01’ 24” 19.78 Phoenix
2023 Jun 04 00h 39m 51s -50° 02’ 47” 19.76 Phoenix
2023 Jun 05 00h 42m 16s -50° 04’ 12” 19.73 Phoenix
2023 Jun 06 00h 44m 42s -50° 05’ 40” 19.71 Phoenix
2023 Jun 07 00h 47m 06s -50° 07’ 13” 19.68 Phoenix
2023 Jun 08 00h 49m 31s -50° 08’ 48” 19.66 Phoenix
2023 Jun 09 00h 51m 55s -50° 10’ 27” 19.63 Phoenix