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Comet 240P/NEAT

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Comet 240P/NEAT Position

Comet 240P/NEAT is currently in the constellation of Bootes. The current Right Ascension is 14h 14m 07s and the Declination is +11° 16’ 43”.

14h 14m 07s
+11° 16’ 43”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 240P/NEAT is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 240P/NEAT in Bootes on April, 08 2020
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 240P/NEAT is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 14h 14m 07s
Dec: +11° 16’ 43”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 240P/NEAT
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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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

The distance of Comet 240P/NEAT from Earth is currently 543,151,531 kilometers, equivalent to 3.630744 Astronomical Units. Light takes 30 minutes and 11.7585 seconds to travel from Comet 240P/NEAT and arrive to us.

30 minutes and 11.7585 seconds

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.

Distance of Comet 240P/NEAT from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

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 January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 240P/NEAT to Earth happens on Wed Nov 24 2055 at a distance of 1.12286752 Astronomical Units, or 167,978,591 kilometers:

Wed Nov 24 2055

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet 240P/NEAT brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 240P/NEAT is 19.49.


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 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 2100

Comet 240P/NEAT rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

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

Azimuth: 78.7°
Max altitude: 49.8°
Azimuth: 281.3°
Comet 240P/NEAT is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 240P/NEAT 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 240P/NEAT Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 240P/NEAT at epoch 24 April 2014 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456772.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.44975216
Orbit inclination i 23.52388150°
Perihelion distance q 2.12862554 AU
318,437,849 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.60834458 AU
838,996,409 km
Semi-major axis a 3.86848506 AU
578,717,129 km
Orbital period period 7.6100 years
2,779.1361 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2010-Oct-04 17:55:44
2,455,474.2470 JD
Next perihelion transit 2018-May-14 21:11
2,458,253.3831 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 352.15530482644°
Longitude of the ascending node node 74.952404486084°
Mean anomaly M 168.17134969564°
Mean motion n 0.12953666°/day

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.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Apr 01 14h 19m 10s +10° 52’ 10” 19.47 Bootes
2020 Apr 02 14h 18m 33s +10° 55’ 33” 19.47 Bootes
2020 Apr 03 14h 17m 57s +10° 58’ 51” 19.47 Bootes
2020 Apr 04 14h 17m 18s +11° 02’ 04” 19.48 Bootes
2020 Apr 05 14h 16m 41s +11° 05’ 13” 19.48 Bootes
2020 Apr 06 14h 16m 01s +11° 08’ 17” 19.48 Bootes
2020 Apr 07 14h 15m 23s +11° 11’ 16” 19.48 Bootes
2020 Apr 08 14h 14m 44s +11° 14’ 09” 19.49 Bootes
2020 Apr 09 14h 14m 03s +11° 16’ 57” 19.49 Bootes
2020 Apr 10 14h 13m 23s +11° 19’ 39” 19.49 Bootes
2020 Apr 11 14h 12m 43s +11° 22’ 15” 19.50 Bootes
2020 Apr 12 14h 12m 02s +11° 24’ 47” 19.50 Bootes
2020 Apr 13 14h 11m 22s +11° 27’ 11” 19.51 Bootes
2020 Apr 14 14h 10m 41s +11° 29’ 29” 19.51 Bootes