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Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski

Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski is currently in the constellation of Libra. The current Right Ascension of Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski is 15h 29m 17s and the Declination is -19° 08’ 30” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski is 26.13 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

15h 29m 17s
-19° 08’ 30”
Libra
26.13

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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.

Map showing Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski in Libra on May, 12 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski in Libra on May, 12 2021
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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.

226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski
RA: 15h 29m 17s
Dec: -19° 08’ 30”
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 659,982,553 kilometers, equivalent to 4.411711 Astronomical Units. Light takes 36 minutes and 41.4648 seconds to travel from Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski and arrive to us.

659,982,553
4.411711
36 minutes and 41.4648 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.

Distance of Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

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 January 2013 and 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 126,456,520 kilometers:

Thu Nov 10 2089
126,456,520
0.845310

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

Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski is 26.13.

26.13
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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/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 2100

Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski 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/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 109.1°
Max altitude: 19.4°
Azimuth: 250.9°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski 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/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

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
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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
2021 May 05 15h 34m 51s -19° 06’ 10” 26.17 Libra
2021 May 06 15h 34m 08s -19° 06’ 32” 26.16 Libra
2021 May 07 15h 33m 24s -19° 06’ 52” 26.16 Libra
2021 May 08 15h 32m 39s -19° 07’ 13” 26.15 Libra
2021 May 09 15h 31m 54s -19° 07’ 32” 26.15 Libra
2021 May 10 15h 31m 09s -19° 07’ 49” 26.14 Libra
2021 May 11 15h 30m 24s -19° 08’ 06” 26.14 Libra
2021 May 12 15h 29m 39s -19° 08’ 21” 26.14 Libra
2021 May 13 15h 28m 54s -19° 08’ 36” 26.13 Libra
2021 May 14 15h 28m 09s -19° 08’ 51” 26.13 Libra
2021 May 15 15h 27m 24s -19° 09’ 03” 26.13 Libra
2021 May 16 15h 26m 39s -19° 09’ 15” 26.12 Libra
2021 May 17 15h 25m 53s -19° 09’ 28” 26.12 Libra
2021 May 18 15h 25m 08s -19° 09’ 38” 26.12 Libra