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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 Pisces on July, 22 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
23h 49m 45s
+03° 43’ 27”
 = 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: 86.3°
Max altitude: 42.2°
Azimuth: 273.7°

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
2018 Jul 15 28.53 23h 50m 57s +03° 49’ 01” Pisces
2018 Jul 16 28.52 23h 50m 48s +03° 48’ 29” Pisces
2018 Jul 17 28.52 23h 50m 39s +03° 47’ 53” Pisces
2018 Jul 18 28.51 23h 50m 30s +03° 47’ 11” Pisces
2018 Jul 19 28.51 23h 50m 21s +03° 46’ 23” Pisces
2018 Jul 20 28.50 23h 50m 09s +03° 45’ 29” Pisces
2018 Jul 21 28.50 23h 49m 59s +03° 44’ 31” Pisces
2018 Jul 22 28.49 23h 49m 45s +03° 43’ 27” Pisces
2018 Jul 23 28.48 23h 49m 32s +03° 42’ 19” Pisces
2018 Jul 24 28.48 23h 49m 18s +03° 41’ 04” Pisces
2018 Jul 25 28.47 23h 49m 05s +03° 39’ 45” Pisces
2018 Jul 26 28.47 23h 48m 48s +03° 38’ 18” Pisces
2018 Jul 27 28.46 23h 48m 33s +03° 36’ 48” Pisces
2018 Jul 28 28.46 23h 48m 15s +03° 35’ 12” Pisces

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 December 2075

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 December 2075

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* 2016-Mar-22
Distance of closest approach* 0.03573477 AU
5,345,845 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.