The current Right Ascension of Comet 240P/NEAT is 18h 43m 49s and the Declination is -33° 19’ 53” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom ). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 240P/NEAT is 20.07 (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.
- 240P/NEAT is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- Given its current magnitude, 240P/NEAT is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Comet 240P/NEAT Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 240P/NEAT 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 240P/NEAT is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
Also check out Where is Comet 240P/NEAT?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 240P/NEAT in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet 240P/NEAT Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 240P/NEAT from Earth is currently 832,643,584 kilometers, equivalent to 5.565879 Astronomical Units. Light takes 46 minutes and 17.4000 seconds to travel from Comet 240P/NEAT and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 240P/NEAT 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 240P/NEAT from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest Approach of Comet 240P/NEAT to Earth
Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 240P/NEAT to Earth happens on Thu Nov 25 2055 at a distance of 1.118207 Astronomical Units, or 167,281,380 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 240P/NEAT Brightness and Light Curve
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.
Comet 240P/NEAT Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||2.12840301 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2010-Oct-04 18:16:27
|Next perihelion transit||2018-May-14 18:14
|Argument of perihelion||peri||352.15238932078°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||74.951857672022°|
Visualization of Comet 240P/NEAT Orbit
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 15 Days 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.
|2023 Nov 29||18h 35m 34s||-33° 23’ 08”||20.07||Sagittarius|
|2023 Nov 30||18h 36m 35s||-33° 22’ 45”||20.07||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 01||18h 37m 36s||-33° 22’ 23”||20.07||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 02||18h 38m 39s||-33° 21’ 59”||20.07||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 03||18h 39m 42s||-33° 21’ 33”||20.07||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 04||18h 40m 45s||-33° 21’ 08”||20.07||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 05||18h 41m 48s||-33° 20’ 43”||20.07||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 06||18h 42m 51s||-33° 20’ 17”||20.07||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 07||18h 43m 54s||-33° 19’ 50”||20.07||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 08||18h 44m 58s||-33° 19’ 23”||20.07||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 09||18h 46m 02s||-33° 18’ 55”||20.07||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 10||18h 47m 07s||-33° 18’ 26”||20.07||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 11||18h 48m 11s||-33° 17’ 57”||20.07||Sagittarius|
|2023 Dec 12||18h 49m 17s||-33° 17’ 27”||20.07||Sagittarius|