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Comet 260P/McNaught

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Comet 260P/McNaught Position

Comet 260P/McNaught is currently in the constellation of . The current Right Ascension is 03h 25m 52s and the Declination is +40° 39’ 33”.

03h 25m 52s
+40° 39’ 33”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 260P/McNaught is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 260P/McNaught in on January, 26 2020
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 260P/McNaught is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 03h 25m 52s
Dec: +40° 39’ 33”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 260P/McNaught
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Comet 260P/McNaught Distance

The distance of Comet 260P/McNaught from Earth is currently 0 kilometers, equivalent to 0.000000 Astronomical Units. Light takes to travel from Comet 260P/McNaught and arrive to us.


The following chart shows the distance of Comet 260P/McNaught 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 260P/McNaught 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 260P/McNaught from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 260P/McNaught to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 260P/McNaught to Earth happens on Tue Jan 1 2013 at a distance of 0.00000000 Astronomical Units, or 0 kilometers:

Tue Jan 1 2013

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

Comet 260P/McNaught brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 260P/McNaught is -100.00.


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 260P/McNaught, 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 260P/McNaught between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 260P/McNaught rise and set times

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Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Comet 260P/McNaught is circumpolar and transits at 19:03 UTC (altitude: 79.2°)

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 260P/McNaught 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 260P/McNaught Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 260P/McNaught at epoch 04 May 2014 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456782.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.59394999
Orbit inclination i 15.75655506°
Perihelion distance q 1.49355163 AU
223,432,145 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.86293935 AU
877,083,245 km
Semi-major axis a 3.67824549 AU
550,257,695 km
Orbital period period 7.0500 years
2,576.6741 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2012-Sep-12 11:32:37
2,456,182.9810 JD
Next perihelion transit 2019-Oct-03 03:43
2,458,759.6551 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 15.626024582479°
Longitude of the ascending node node 351.87496711753°
Mean anomaly M 83.761792445868°
Mean motion n 0.13971499°/day

Visualization of Comet 260P/McNaught Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 260P/McNaught with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 260P/McNaught 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 260P/McNaught
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Comet 260P/McNaught 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 260P/McNaught computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 260P/McNaught in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Jan 19 03h 13m 24s +41° 26’ 31” N.A.
2020 Jan 20 03h 15m 02s +41° 19’ 57” N.A.
2020 Jan 21 03h 16m 40s +41° 13’ 27” N.A.
2020 Jan 22 03h 18m 18s +41° 07’ 05” N.A.
2020 Jan 23 03h 19m 58s +41° 00’ 48” N.A.
2020 Jan 24 03h 21m 38s +40° 54’ 38” N.A.
2020 Jan 25 03h 23m 17s +40° 48’ 34” N.A.
2020 Jan 26 03h 25m 00s +40° 42’ 37” N.A.
2020 Jan 27 03h 26m 41s +40° 36’ 44” N.A.
2020 Jan 28 03h 28m 24s +40° 30’ 59” N.A.
2020 Jan 29 03h 30m 07s +40° 25’ 18” N.A.
2020 Jan 30 03h 31m 51s +40° 19’ 42” N.A.
2020 Jan 31 03h 33m 37s +40° 14’ 13” N.A.
2020 Feb 01 03h 35m 21s +40° 08’ 49” N.A.