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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 Venatici on April, 23 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
12h 50m 49s
+45° 00’ 20”
 = 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 22:43 UTC (altitude: 83.5°)

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 Apr 16 24.40 12h 57m 30s +45° 29’ 52” Canes Venatici
2018 Apr 17 24.41 12h 56m 30s +45° 26’ 20” Canes Venatici
2018 Apr 18 24.42 12h 55m 32s +45° 22’ 32” Canes Venatici
2018 Apr 19 24.43 12h 54m 33s +45° 18’ 33” Canes Venatici
2018 Apr 20 24.44 12h 53m 36s +45° 14’ 18” Canes Venatici
2018 Apr 21 24.45 12h 52m 40s +45° 09’ 52” Canes Venatici
2018 Apr 22 24.46 12h 51m 45s +45° 05’ 12” Canes Venatici
2018 Apr 23 24.48 12h 50m 49s +45° 00’ 20” Canes Venatici
2018 Apr 24 24.49 12h 49m 55s +44° 55’ 14” Canes Venatici
2018 Apr 25 24.50 12h 49m 03s +44° 49’ 57” Canes Venatici
2018 Apr 26 24.51 12h 48m 11s +44° 44’ 26” Canes Venatici
2018 Apr 27 24.52 12h 47m 20s +44° 38’ 44” Canes Venatici
2018 Apr 28 24.54 12h 46m 30s +44° 32’ 52” Canes Venatici
2018 Apr 29 24.55 12h 45m 41s +44° 26’ 48” Canes Venatici

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.