Comet 252P/LINEAR is currently in the constellation of Aquarius. The current Right Ascension of Comet 252P/LINEAR is 22h 01m 49s and the Declination is -06° 26’ 54” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 252P/LINEAR is 30.80 (JPL).
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Comet 252P/LINEAR Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 252P/LINEAR finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 252P/LINEAR is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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Comet 252P/LINEAR Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 252P/LINEAR from Earth is currently 810,075,565 kilometers, equivalent to 5.415021 Astronomical Units. Light takes 45 minutes and 2.1212 seconds to travel from Comet 252P/LINEAR and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 252P/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.
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 252P/LINEAR from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet 252P/LINEAR to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 252P/LINEAR to Earth happens on Tue Mar 22 2016 at a distance of 0.035735 Astronomical Units, or 5,345,817 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 252P/LINEAR 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 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 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.
Comet 252P/LINEAR rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 252P/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 252P/LINEAR Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||0.99604590 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2016-Mar-15 06:19:30
|Next perihelion transit||2021-Jul-09 18:46
|Argument of perihelion||peri||343.31047464389°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||190.94849576985°|
Visualization of Comet 252P/LINEAR Orbit
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!
Comet 252P/LINEAR 15 Days 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.
|2023 Jan 29||21h 55m 18s||-06° 57’ 02”||30.74||Aquarius|
|2023 Jan 30||21h 56m 12s||-06° 52’ 59”||30.75||Aquarius|
|2023 Jan 31||21h 57m 05s||-06° 48’ 56”||30.76||Aquarius|
|2023 Feb 01||21h 57m 59s||-06° 44’ 49”||30.76||Aquarius|
|2023 Feb 02||21h 58m 51s||-06° 40’ 42”||30.77||Aquarius|
|2023 Feb 03||21h 59m 45s||-06° 36’ 33”||30.78||Aquarius|
|2023 Feb 04||22h 00m 38s||-06° 32’ 22”||30.79||Aquarius|
|2023 Feb 05||22h 01m 32s||-06° 28’ 10”||30.80||Aquarius|
|2023 Feb 06||22h 02m 26s||-06° 23’ 57”||30.81||Aquarius|
|2023 Feb 07||22h 03m 20s||-06° 19’ 41”||30.81||Aquarius|
|2023 Feb 08||22h 04m 14s||-06° 15’ 24”||30.82||Aquarius|
|2023 Feb 09||22h 05m 07s||-06° 11’ 04”||30.83||Aquarius|
|2023 Feb 10||22h 06m 01s||-06° 06’ 44”||30.84||Aquarius|
|2023 Feb 11||22h 06m 53s||-06° 02’ 24”||30.85||Aquarius|