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Comet 240P/NEAT

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Comet 240P/NEAT Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 240P/NEAT 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 240P/NEAT in Taurus on June, 21 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
05h 29m 44s
+24° 49’ 09”
 = 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 240P/NEAT Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 240P/NEAT rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 65.2°
Max altitude: 63.3°
Azimuth: 294.8°

Comet 240P/NEAT Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 240P/NEAT with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 240P/NEAT 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 240P/NEAT Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 240P/NEAT computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 240P/NEAT in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Jun 14 16.05 05h 13m 23s +23° 51’ 21” Taurus
2018 Jun 15 16.05 05h 15m 43s +24° 00’ 01” Taurus
2018 Jun 16 16.05 05h 18m 02s +24° 08’ 31” Taurus
2018 Jun 17 16.05 05h 20m 22s +24° 16’ 54” Taurus
2018 Jun 18 16.06 05h 22m 42s +24° 25’ 09” Taurus
2018 Jun 19 16.06 05h 25m 03s +24° 33’ 17” Taurus
2018 Jun 20 16.06 05h 27m 24s +24° 41’ 17” Taurus
2018 Jun 21 16.06 05h 29m 44s +24° 49’ 09” Taurus
2018 Jun 22 16.06 05h 32m 04s +24° 56’ 53” Taurus
2018 Jun 23 16.07 05h 34m 26s +25° 04’ 29” Taurus
2018 Jun 24 16.07 05h 36m 47s +25° 11’ 57” Taurus
2018 Jun 25 16.07 05h 39m 07s +25° 19’ 18” Taurus
2018 Jun 26 16.07 05h 41m 29s +25° 26’ 31” Taurus
2018 Jun 27 16.08 05h 43m 50s +25° 33’ 37” Taurus

Distance of Comet 240P/NEAT from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 240P/NEAT 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 240P/NEAT is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 240P/NEAT from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 240P/NEAT

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 240P/NEAT, 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 240P/NEAT between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet 240P/NEAT Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 240P/NEAT at epoch 21 September 2012 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456192.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.45019667
Orbit inclination i 23.52358986°
Perihelion distance q 2.12538178 AU
317,952,589 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.60604386 AU
838,652,227 km
Semi-major axis a 3.86571282 AU
578,302,408 km
Orbital period period 7.6000 years
2,776.1492 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2010-Oct-04 13:38:25
2,455,474.0684 JD
Next perihelion transit 2018-May-11 17:13
2,458,250.2176 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 352.05661997214°
Longitude of the ascending node node 74.955177681767°
Mean anomaly M 93.163361031919°
Mean motion n 0.12967603°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2055-Nov-23
Distance of closest approach* 1.13033097 AU
169,095,106 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.