Comet 284P/McNaught Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 284P/McNaught 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.
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.
Comet 284P/McNaught Rise and Set Times
Today's Comet 284P/McNaught rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.
Comet 284P/McNaught Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 284P/McNaught with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 284P/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 284P/McNaught Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 284P/McNaught computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 284P/McNaught in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2019 Apr 17||13h 04m 37s||+05° 50’ 20”||23.62||Virgo|
|2019 Apr 18||13h 04m 03s||+05° 54’ 11”||23.62||Virgo|
|2019 Apr 19||13h 03m 28s||+05° 57’ 56”||23.62||Virgo|
|2019 Apr 20||13h 02m 53s||+06° 01’ 37”||23.61||Virgo|
|2019 Apr 21||13h 02m 18s||+06° 05’ 13”||23.61||Virgo|
|2019 Apr 22||13h 01m 45s||+06° 08’ 44”||23.61||Virgo|
|2019 Apr 23||13h 01m 11s||+06° 12’ 10”||23.61||Virgo|
|2019 Apr 24||13h 00m 38s||+06° 15’ 29”||23.61||Virgo|
|2019 Apr 25||13h 00m 05s||+06° 18’ 43”||23.61||Virgo|
|2019 Apr 26||12h 59m 32s||+06° 21’ 52”||23.61||Virgo|
|2019 Apr 27||12h 58m 59s||+06° 24’ 56”||23.61||Virgo|
|2019 Apr 28||12h 58m 27s||+06° 27’ 52”||23.61||Virgo|
|2019 Apr 29||12h 57m 56s||+06° 30’ 43”||23.61||Virgo|
|2019 Apr 30||12h 57m 25s||+06° 33’ 29”||23.61||Virgo|
Distance of Comet 284P/McNaught from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 284P/McNaught 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 284P/McNaught is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet 284P/McNaught
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 284P/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 284P/McNaught Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 284P/McNaught at epoch 12 April 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455299.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||2.28252287 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2007-Aug-18 04:18:49
|Next perihelion transit||2014-Aug-30 18:38
|Argument of perihelion||peri||202.75781227769°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||144.36420051979°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2090-Oct-09|
|Distance of closest approach*||1.03375690 AU
* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2100-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.