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Comet 252P/LINEAR

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Comet 252P/LINEAR Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 252P/LINEAR 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 252P/LINEAR in Cetus on April, 23 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
02h 23m 30s
+07° 58’ 45”
 = 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 252P/LINEAR Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 252P/LINEAR rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 82.0°
Max altitude: 46.5°
Azimuth: 278.0°

Comet 252P/LINEAR Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 252P/LINEAR with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 252P/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 252P/LINEAR
View Comet 252P/LINEAR in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Comet 252P/LINEAR Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 252P/LINEAR computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 252P/LINEAR in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Apr 16 22.92 02h 13m 23s +06° 52’ 10” Cetus
2017 Apr 17 22.91 02h 14m 48s +07° 01’ 45” Cetus
2017 Apr 18 22.90 02h 16m 14s +07° 11’ 18” Cetus
2017 Apr 19 22.89 02h 17m 40s +07° 20’ 52” Cetus
2017 Apr 20 22.88 02h 19m 08s +07° 30’ 21” Cetus
2017 Apr 21 22.87 02h 20m 35s +07° 39’ 51” Cetus
2017 Apr 22 22.87 02h 22m 03s +07° 49’ 19” Cetus
2017 Apr 23 22.86 02h 23m 30s +07° 58’ 45” Cetus
2017 Apr 24 22.85 02h 24m 57s +08° 08’ 12” Cetus
2017 Apr 25 22.84 02h 26m 26s +08° 17’ 35” Cetus
2017 Apr 26 22.83 02h 27m 55s +08° 26’ 57” Cetus
2017 Apr 27 22.82 02h 29m 24s +08° 36’ 18” Cetus
2017 Apr 28 22.81 02h 30m 52s +08° 45’ 35” Cetus
2017 Apr 29 22.80 02h 32m 21s +08° 54’ 52” Cetus

Distance of Comet 252P/LINEAR from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 252P/LINEAR 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 252P/LINEAR is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 252P/LINEAR from Earth between January 2013 and January 2030

Light Curve of Comet 252P/LINEAR

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 252P/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 252P/LINEAR between January 2013 and January 2030

Comet 252P/LINEAR Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 252P/LINEAR at epoch 10 May 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457519.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.67309672
Orbit inclination i 10.42231321°
Perihelion distance q 0.99605761 AU
149,008,097 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.09784036 AU
762,626,065 km
Semi-major axis a 3.04694898 AU
455,817,081 km
Orbital period period 5.3200 years
1,942.6573 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Mar-15 06:21:57
2,457,462.7652 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Jul-09 22:08
2,459,405.4226 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 343.31102191035°
Longitude of the ascending node node 190.94990321975°
Mean anomaly M 10.513697048233°
Mean motion n 0.18531318°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2018-Jan-12
Distance of closest approach* 1.25265164 AU
187,394,018 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2030-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.