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 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.
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.
|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.
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*||2042-Aug-29|
|Distance of closest approach*||1.14182091 AU
* 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.