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Comet 249P/LINEAR

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Comet 249P/LINEAR Position

Comet 249P/LINEAR is currently in the constellation of Corvus. The current Right Ascension is 12h 05m 46s and the Declination is -15° 21’ 44”.

12h 05m 46s
-15° 21’ 44”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 249P/LINEAR is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 249P/LINEAR in Corvus on February, 21 2020
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 249P/LINEAR is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 12h 05m 46s
Dec: -15° 21’ 44”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 249P/LINEAR
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Comet 249P/LINEAR Distance

The distance of Comet 249P/LINEAR from Earth is currently 180,438,542 kilometers, equivalent to 1.206157 Astronomical Units. Light takes 10 minutes and 1.8782 seconds to travel from Comet 249P/LINEAR and arrive to us.

10 minutes and 1.8782 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 249P/LINEAR 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 249P/LINEAR 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 249P/LINEAR from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 249P/LINEAR to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 249P/LINEAR to Earth happens on Thu Apr 23 2076 at a distance of 0.04918128 Astronomical Units, or 7,357,414 kilometers:

Thu Apr 23 2076

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

Comet 249P/LINEAR brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 249P/LINEAR is 21.39.


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 249P/LINEAR, 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 249P/LINEAR between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 249P/LINEAR 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 249P/LINEAR rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 105.4°
Max altitude: 23.2°
Azimuth: 254.7°
Comet 249P/LINEAR is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 249P/LINEAR 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 249P/LINEAR Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 249P/LINEAR at epoch 15 February 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457800.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.81946286
Orbit inclination i 8.39491848°
Perihelion distance q 0.49880626 AU
74,620,355 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.02699598 AU
752,027,897 km
Semi-major axis a 2.76290112 AU
413,324,126 km
Orbital period period 4.5900 years
1,677.4379 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2015-Nov-26 16:29:27
2,457,353.1871 JD
Next perihelion transit 2020-Jun-30 02:59
2,459,030.6250 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 65.606132059391°
Longitude of the ascending node node 239.16809944913°
Mean anomaly M 95.999165185655°
Mean motion n 0.21461302°/day

Visualization of Comet 249P/LINEAR Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 249P/LINEAR with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 249P/LINEAR 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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet 249P/LINEAR
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Comet 249P/LINEAR 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 249P/LINEAR computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 249P/LINEAR in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Feb 14 12h 10m 49s -14° 58’ 22” 21.91 Corvus
2020 Feb 15 12h 10m 18s -15° 02’ 08” 21.84 Corvus
2020 Feb 16 12h 09m 46s -15° 05’ 43” 21.78 Corvus
2020 Feb 17 12h 09m 10s -15° 09’ 05” 21.71 Corvus
2020 Feb 18 12h 08m 31s -15° 12’ 12” 21.64 Corvus
2020 Feb 19 12h 07m 50s -15° 15’ 07” 21.58 Corvus
2020 Feb 20 12h 07m 05s -15° 17’ 48” 21.51 Corvus
2020 Feb 21 12h 06m 19s -15° 20’ 15” 21.44 Corvus
2020 Feb 22 12h 05m 30s -15° 22’ 26” 21.37 Corvus
2020 Feb 23 12h 04m 36s -15° 24’ 20” 21.30 Corvus
2020 Feb 24 12h 03m 41s -15° 25’ 56” 21.23 Corvus
2020 Feb 25 12h 02m 41s -15° 27’ 16” 21.16 Corvus
2020 Feb 26 12h 01m 40s -15° 28’ 18” 21.09 Corvus
2020 Feb 27 12h 00m 33s -15° 29’ 02” 21.02 Corvus