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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 Virgo on January, 23 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
11h 38m 26s
+07° 20’ 52”
24.55
 = 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: 82.7°
Max altitude: 45.9°
Azimuth: 277.3°

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 Jan 16 24.59 11h 39m 38s +06° 59’ 54” Virgo
2018 Jan 17 24.59 11h 39m 30s +07° 02’ 39” Virgo
2018 Jan 18 24.58 11h 39m 21s +07° 05’ 29” Virgo
2018 Jan 19 24.58 11h 39m 11s +07° 08’ 23” Virgo
2018 Jan 20 24.57 11h 39m 02s +07° 11’ 24” Virgo
2018 Jan 21 24.56 11h 38m 51s +07° 14’ 29” Virgo
2018 Jan 22 24.56 11h 38m 39s +07° 17’ 38” Virgo
2018 Jan 23 24.55 11h 38m 26s +07° 20’ 52” Virgo
2018 Jan 24 24.55 11h 38m 12s +07° 24’ 11” Virgo
2018 Jan 25 24.54 11h 37m 58s +07° 27’ 34” Virgo
2018 Jan 26 24.54 11h 37m 42s +07° 31’ 03” Virgo
2018 Jan 27 24.53 11h 37m 27s +07° 34’ 36” Virgo
2018 Jan 28 24.53 11h 37m 10s +07° 38’ 12” Leo
2018 Jan 29 24.52 11h 36m 54s +07° 41’ 54” 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.