Comet 252P/LINEAR Position
Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 252P/LINEAR 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 252P/LINEAR is right now (view fullscreen)
Also check out Where is Comet 252P/LINEAR?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 252P/LINEAR in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet 252P/LINEAR Distance
The distance of Comet 252P/LINEAR from Earth is currently 550,103,535 kilometers, equivalent to 3.677215 Astronomical Units. Light takes 30 minutes and 34.9479 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 0.03573477 Astronomical Units, or 5,345,845 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 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 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, 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 252P/LINEAR Orbital Elements
|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°|
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.
|2019 Oct 11||00h 37m 21s||+03° 51’ 43”||27.65||Pisces|
|2019 Oct 12||00h 36m 38s||+03° 46’ 26”||27.65||Pisces|
|2019 Oct 13||00h 35m 57s||+03° 41’ 08”||27.64||Pisces|
|2019 Oct 14||00h 35m 17s||+03° 35’ 52”||27.64||Pisces|
|2019 Oct 15||00h 34m 36s||+03° 30’ 37”||27.64||Pisces|
|2019 Oct 16||00h 33m 55s||+03° 25’ 23”||27.64||Pisces|
|2019 Oct 17||00h 33m 14s||+03° 20’ 12”||27.63||Pisces|
|2019 Oct 18||00h 32m 34s||+03° 15’ 01”||27.63||Pisces|
|2019 Oct 19||00h 31m 54s||+03° 09’ 52”||27.63||Pisces|
|2019 Oct 20||00h 31m 14s||+03° 04’ 46”||27.63||Pisces|
|2019 Oct 21||00h 30m 34s||+02° 59’ 43”||27.63||Pisces|
|2019 Oct 22||00h 29m 56s||+02° 54’ 42”||27.63||Pisces|
|2019 Oct 23||00h 29m 17s||+02° 49’ 42”||27.62||Pisces|
|2019 Oct 24||00h 28m 38s||+02° 44’ 47”||27.62||Pisces|