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Comet 252P/LINEAR

Comet 252P/LINEAR is currently in the constellation of Aries. The current Right Ascension of Comet 252P/LINEAR is 03h 21m 07s and the Declination is +14° 04’ 30” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 252P/LINEAR is 26.00 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 252P/LINEAR [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

03h 21m 07s
+14° 04’ 30”
Aries
26.00
  • 252P/LINEAR is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-East direction at an altitude of 45° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 252P/LINEAR is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 252P/LINEAR rise and set times.
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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.

Map showing Comet 252P/LINEAR in Aries on August, 07 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 252P/LINEAR in Aries on August, 07 2020
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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.

252P/LINEAR
RA: 03h 21m 07s
Dec: +14° 04’ 30”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 252P/LINEAR
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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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 from Earth

The distance of Comet 252P/LINEAR from Earth is currently 506,786,443 kilometers, equivalent to 3.387658 Astronomical Units. Light takes 28 minutes and 10.4576 seconds to travel from Comet 252P/LINEAR and arrive to us.

506,786,443
3.387658
28 minutes and 10.4576 seconds

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.

Distance of Comet 252P/LINEAR from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

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 0.03573473 Astronomical Units, or 5,345,839 kilometers:

Tue Mar 22 2016
5,345,839
0.035735

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet 252P/LINEAR brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 252P/LINEAR is 26.00.

26.00
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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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 252P/LINEAR between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 252P/LINEAR rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

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

Azimuth: 75.9°
Max altitude: 52.6°
Azimuth: 284.1°

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

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

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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet 252P/LINEAR
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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.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Jul 31 03h 15m 54s +13° 59’ 51” 26.00 Aries
2020 Aug 01 03h 16m 38s +14° 00’ 42” 26.00 Aries
2020 Aug 02 03h 17m 24s +14° 01’ 32” 26.00 Aries
2020 Aug 03 03h 18m 07s +14° 02’ 16” 26.00 Aries
2020 Aug 04 03h 18m 51s +14° 02’ 56” 26.00 Aries
2020 Aug 05 03h 19m 35s +14° 03’ 30” 26.00 Aries
2020 Aug 06 03h 20m 17s +14° 04’ 01” 26.00 Aries
2020 Aug 07 03h 21m 00s +14° 04’ 27” 26.00 Aries
2020 Aug 08 03h 21m 41s +14° 04’ 49” 26.00 Aries
2020 Aug 09 03h 22m 22s +14° 05’ 06” 26.00 Aries
2020 Aug 10 03h 23m 02s +14° 05’ 18” 26.00 Aries
2020 Aug 11 03h 23m 40s +14° 05’ 26” 26.00 Aries
2020 Aug 12 03h 24m 20s +14° 05’ 29” 26.00 Taurus
2020 Aug 13 03h 24m 57s +14° 05’ 26” 26.00 Taurus