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Comet 284P/McNaught

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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.

Comet 284P/McNaught in Leo on April, 19 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
10h 58m 45s
+12° 58’ 37”
 = 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 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 local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 77.0°
Max altitude: 51.5°
Azimuth: 283.0°

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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet 284P/McNaught
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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.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Apr 12 24.50 11h 01m 08s +12° 44’ 08” Leo
2018 Apr 13 24.51 11h 00m 46s +12° 46’ 28” Leo
2018 Apr 14 24.51 11h 00m 24s +12° 48’ 43” Leo
2018 Apr 15 24.52 11h 00m 02s +12° 50’ 53” Leo
2018 Apr 16 24.52 10h 59m 43s +12° 52’ 58” Leo
2018 Apr 17 24.53 10h 59m 22s +12° 54’ 56” Leo
2018 Apr 18 24.53 10h 59m 03s +12° 56’ 49” Leo
2018 Apr 19 24.54 10h 58m 45s +12° 58’ 37” Leo
2018 Apr 20 24.54 10h 58m 28s +13° 00’ 20” Leo
2018 Apr 21 24.55 10h 58m 12s +13° 01’ 57” Leo
2018 Apr 22 24.55 10h 57m 56s +13° 03’ 28” Leo
2018 Apr 23 24.56 10h 57m 41s +13° 04’ 54” Leo
2018 Apr 24 24.57 10h 57m 25s +13° 06’ 14” Leo
2018 Apr 25 24.57 10h 57m 11s +13° 07’ 28” Leo

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.

Distance of Comet 284P/McNaught from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 284P/McNaught between January 2013 and December 2075

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

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.37831446
Orbit inclination i 11.87431520°
Perihelion distance q 2.28252287 AU
341,460,562 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.06049131 AU
757,038,726 km
Semi-major axis a 3.67150709 AU
549,249,644 km
Orbital period period 7.0400 years
2,569.5968 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2007-Aug-18 04:18:49
2,454,330.6797 JD
Next perihelion transit 2014-Aug-30 18:38
2,456,900.2765 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 202.75781227769°
Longitude of the ascending node node 144.36420051979°
Mean anomaly M 135.73152572942°
Mean motion n 0.14009980°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2042-Aug-29
Distance of closest approach* 1.14182091 AU
170,813,978 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.