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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 Bootes on December, 16 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
14h 23m 51s
+14° 36’ 37”

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 behvior 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.

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

Today's Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 75.4°
Max altitude: 53.1°
Azimuth: 284.6°

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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Dec 09 14h 19m 32s +14° 46’ 59” 26.31 Bootes
2018 Dec 10 14h 20m 11s +14° 45’ 14” 26.31 Bootes
2018 Dec 11 14h 20m 48s +14° 43’ 35” 26.31 Bootes
2018 Dec 12 14h 21m 25s +14° 41’ 59” 26.31 Bootes
2018 Dec 13 14h 22m 02s +14° 40’ 32” 26.31 Bootes
2018 Dec 14 14h 22m 40s +14° 39’ 07” 26.31 Bootes
2018 Dec 15 14h 23m 16s +14° 37’ 50” 26.31 Bootes
2018 Dec 16 14h 23m 51s +14° 36’ 38” 26.31 Bootes
2018 Dec 17 14h 24m 25s +14° 35’ 30” 26.31 Bootes
2018 Dec 18 14h 25m 00s +14° 34’ 29” 26.31 Bootes
2018 Dec 19 14h 25m 36s +14° 33’ 33” 26.31 Bootes
2018 Dec 20 14h 26m 09s +14° 32’ 44” 26.31 Bootes
2018 Dec 21 14h 26m 43s +14° 31’ 59” 26.30 Bootes
2018 Dec 22 14h 27m 15s +14° 31’ 18” 26.30 Bootes

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.