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 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.
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!
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.
|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.
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.
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
|Perihelion distance||q||0.99605761 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2016-Mar-15 06:21:57
|Next perihelion transit||2021-Jul-09 22:08
|Argument of perihelion||peri||343.31102191035°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||190.94990321975°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2018-Jan-12|
|Distance of closest approach*||1.25265164 AU
* 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.