Comet 240P/NEAT Position
Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 240P/NEAT is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)
Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 240P/NEAT is right now (view fullscreen)
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 680,268,242 kilometers, equivalent to 4.547312 Astronomical Units. Light takes 37 minutes and 49.1306 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 January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 240P/NEAT to Earth happens on Wed Nov 24 2055 at a distance of 1.12394517 Astronomical Units, or 168,139,805 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 240P/NEAT 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 behvior 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.
Comet 240P/NEAT rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 240P/NEAT touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.
Comet 240P/NEAT Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||2.12849274 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2010-Oct-04 18:06:32
|Next perihelion transit||2018-May-14 19:30
|Argument of perihelion||peri||352.15358214668°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||74.952224743578°|
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.
|2019 Aug 12||11h 56m 18s||+20° 53’ 34”||19.03||Leo|
|2019 Aug 13||11h 57m 24s||+20° 44’ 02”||19.04||Leo|
|2019 Aug 14||11h 58m 29s||+20° 34’ 31”||19.05||Coma|
|2019 Aug 15||11h 59m 35s||+20° 25’ 03”||19.06||Coma|
|2019 Aug 16||12h 00m 41s||+20° 15’ 36”||19.07||Coma|
|2019 Aug 17||12h 01m 46s||+20° 06’ 10”||19.08||Coma|
|2019 Aug 18||12h 02m 52s||+19° 56’ 47”||19.09||Coma|
|2019 Aug 19||12h 03m 57s||+19° 47’ 25”||19.10||Coma|
|2019 Aug 20||12h 05m 03s||+19° 38’ 06”||19.11||Coma|
|2019 Aug 21||12h 06m 10s||+19° 28’ 48”||19.11||Coma|
|2019 Aug 22||12h 07m 15s||+19° 19’ 32”||19.12||Coma|
|2019 Aug 23||12h 08m 21s||+19° 10’ 18”||19.13||Coma|
|2019 Aug 24||12h 09m 28s||+19° 01’ 05”||19.14||Coma|
|2019 Aug 25||12h 10m 33s||+18° 51’ 55”||19.15||Coma|