Comet 230P/LINEAR is currently in the constellation of Cetus. The current Right Ascension of Comet 230P/LINEAR is 00h 00m 08s and the Declination is -14° 05’ 45” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 230P/LINEAR is 18.18 (JPL).
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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.
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Comet 230P/LINEAR Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 230P/LINEAR from Earth is currently 297,287,746 kilometers, equivalent to 1.987246 Astronomical Units. Light takes 16 minutes and 31.6452 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 January 2013 and 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 81,945,344 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 230P/LINEAR brightness
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 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 rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 230P/LINEAR 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 230P/LINEAR Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||1.48475326 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2015-Nov-17 22:15:15
|Next perihelion transit||2022-Feb-24 07:53
|Argument of perihelion||peri||308.90815183552°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||112.39824615938°|
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.
|2022 Jan 11||23h 44m 40s||-16° 15’ 42”||18.19||Aquarius|
|2022 Jan 12||23h 46m 50s||-15° 57’ 34”||18.18||Aquarius|
|2022 Jan 13||23h 49m 01s||-15° 39’ 20”||18.18||Aquarius|
|2022 Jan 14||23h 51m 12s||-15° 20’ 58”||18.18||Aquarius|
|2022 Jan 15||23h 53m 25s||-15° 02’ 30”||18.18||Aquarius|
|2022 Jan 16||23h 55m 36s||-14° 43’ 54”||18.18||Aquarius|
|2022 Jan 17||23h 57m 50s||-14° 25’ 13”||18.18||Cetus|
|2022 Jan 18||00h 00m 03s||-14° 06’ 24”||18.18||Cetus|
|2022 Jan 19||00h 02m 17s||-13° 47’ 27”||18.18||Cetus|
|2022 Jan 20||00h 04m 32s||-13° 28’ 26”||18.17||Cetus|
|2022 Jan 21||00h 06m 47s||-13° 09’ 17”||18.17||Cetus|
|2022 Jan 22||00h 09m 03s||-12° 50’ 03”||18.17||Cetus|
|2022 Jan 23||00h 11m 21s||-12° 30’ 42”||18.17||Cetus|
|2022 Jan 24||00h 13m 37s||-12° 11’ 16”||18.17||Cetus|