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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 Aries on April, 23 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
03h 19m 18s
+13° 36’ 25”
15.97
 = 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: 76.4°
Max altitude: 52.1°
Azimuth: 283.6°

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 Apr 16 15.97 03h 05m 09s +11° 52’ 02” Aries
2018 Apr 17 15.97 03h 07m 09s +12° 07’ 13” Aries
2018 Apr 18 15.97 03h 09m 10s +12° 22’ 18” Aries
2018 Apr 19 15.97 03h 11m 11s +12° 37’ 18” Aries
2018 Apr 20 15.97 03h 13m 12s +12° 52’ 13” Aries
2018 Apr 21 15.97 03h 15m 14s +13° 07’ 02” Aries
2018 Apr 22 15.97 03h 17m 16s +13° 21’ 47” Aries
2018 Apr 23 15.97 03h 19m 18s +13° 36’ 25” Aries
2018 Apr 24 15.97 03h 21m 20s +13° 50’ 59” Aries
2018 Apr 25 15.97 03h 23m 24s +14° 05’ 26” Aries
2018 Apr 26 15.97 03h 25m 27s +14° 19’ 50” Taurus
2018 Apr 27 15.98 03h 27m 32s +14° 34’ 05” Taurus
2018 Apr 28 15.98 03h 29m 35s +14° 48’ 16” Taurus
2018 Apr 29 15.98 03h 31m 41s +15° 02’ 21” 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.