The current Right Ascension of Comet 260P/McNaught is 13h 30m 39s and the Declination is -17° 00’ 11” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom ). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 260P/McNaught is 26.41 (JPL).
The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted 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.
- 260P/McNaught is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- Given its current magnitude, 260P/McNaught is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Comet 260P/McNaught Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 260P/McNaught 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.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 260P/McNaught is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
Also check out Where is Comet 260P/McNaught?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 260P/McNaught in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet 260P/McNaught Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 260P/McNaught from Earth is currently 932,621,163 kilometers, equivalent to 6.234187 Astronomical Units. Light takes 51 minutes and 50.8893 seconds 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.
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 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 260P/McNaught to Earth happens on Fri Oct 4 2019 at a distance of 0.562196 Astronomical Units, or 84,103,294 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 260P/McNaught Brightness and Light Curve
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.
Comet 260P/McNaught Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||1.49146421 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2012-Sep-12 12:08:17
|Next perihelion transit||2019-Sep-30 18:19
|Argument of perihelion||peri||15.578161656026°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||351.86319273167°|
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!
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.
|2023 Nov 29||13h 26m 16s||-16° 24’ 06”||26.46||Virgo|
|2023 Nov 30||13h 26m 50s||-16° 28’ 53”||26.45||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 01||13h 27m 25s||-16° 33’ 38”||26.44||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 02||13h 28m 00s||-16° 38’ 21”||26.44||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 03||13h 28m 36s||-16° 43’ 05”||26.43||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 04||13h 29m 09s||-16° 47’ 48”||26.43||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 05||13h 29m 44s||-16° 52’ 29”||26.42||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 06||13h 30m 18s||-16° 57’ 11”||26.41||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 07||13h 30m 51s||-17° 01’ 50”||26.41||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 08||13h 31m 23s||-17° 06’ 29”||26.40||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 09||13h 31m 57s||-17° 11’ 07”||26.40||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 10||13h 32m 30s||-17° 15’ 43”||26.39||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 11||13h 33m 02s||-17° 20’ 18”||26.38||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 12||13h 33m 33s||-17° 24’ 52”||26.38||Virgo|