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Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski

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Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski Position

Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski is currently in the constellation of Serpens. The current Right Ascension is 15h 18m 01s and the Declination is -01° 24’ 57”.

15h 18m 01s
-01° 24’ 57”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski in Serpens on February, 19 2020
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski is right now (view fullscreen)

226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski
RA: 15h 18m 01s
Dec: -01° 24’ 57”
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

The distance of Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski 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/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski and arrive to us.

816,193,773
5.455918
45 minutes and 22.5294 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 0.84530959 Astronomical Units, or 126,456,515 kilometers:

Thu Nov 10 2089
126,456,515
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 26.97.

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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: 91.4°
Max altitude: 37.1°
Azimuth: 268.6°
Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

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
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