The current Right Ascension of Comet 230P/LINEAR is 14h 34m 36s and the Declination is -01° 17’ 08” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom ). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 230P/LINEAR is 22.42 (JPL).
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.
- 230P/LINEAR is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- Right now it is placed in the South-South-West direction at an altitude of 36° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, 230P/LINEAR is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Comet 230P/LINEAR Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 230P/LINEAR 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.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 230P/LINEAR is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
Also check out Where is Comet 230P/LINEAR?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 230P/LINEAR in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet 230P/LINEAR Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 230P/LINEAR from Earth is currently 771,240,627 kilometers, equivalent to 5.155425 Astronomical Units. Light takes 42 minutes and 52.5818 seconds to travel from Comet 230P/LINEAR and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 230P/LINEAR 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.
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 230P/LINEAR from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest Approach of Comet 230P/LINEAR to Earth
Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 230P/LINEAR to Earth happens on Sat Dec 5 2015 at a distance of 0.547771 Astronomical Units, or 81,945,347 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 230P/LINEAR Brightness and Light Curve
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 230P/LINEAR, 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.
Comet 230P/LINEAR Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||1.48497397 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2015-Nov-17 23:32:26
|Next perihelion transit||2022-Feb-24 09:14
|Argument of perihelion||peri||308.90760658997°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||112.39840717756°|
Visualization of Comet 230P/LINEAR Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 230P/LINEAR with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 230P/LINEAR 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!
Comet 230P/LINEAR 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 230P/LINEAR computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 230P/LINEAR in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2023 Dec 03||14h 28m 27s||-00° 56’ 32”||22.43||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 04||14h 29m 17s||-00° 59’ 31”||22.43||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 05||14h 30m 07s||-01° 02’ 27”||22.43||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 06||14h 30m 59s||-01° 05’ 18”||22.42||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 07||14h 31m 47s||-01° 08’ 06”||22.42||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 08||14h 32m 38s||-01° 10’ 49”||22.42||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 09||14h 33m 26s||-01° 13’ 27”||22.42||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 10||14h 34m 15s||-01° 16’ 03”||22.42||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 11||14h 35m 04s||-01° 18’ 33”||22.42||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 12||14h 35m 53s||-01° 21’ 01”||22.42||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 13||14h 36m 42s||-01° 23’ 22”||22.42||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 14||14h 37m 28s||-01° 25’ 41”||22.41||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 15||14h 38m 17s||-01° 27’ 56”||22.41||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 16||14h 39m 03s||-01° 30’ 05”||22.41||Virgo|