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Comet 294P/LINEAR

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Comet 294P/LINEAR Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 294P/LINEAR 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 294P/LINEAR in Andromeda on January, 24 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
00h 34m 00s
+22° 17’ 34”
 = 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 294P/LINEAR Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 294P/LINEAR rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 67.7°
Max altitude: 60.8°
Azimuth: 292.3°

Comet 294P/LINEAR Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 294P/LINEAR with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 294P/LINEAR 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 294P/LINEAR
View Comet 294P/LINEAR in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Comet 294P/LINEAR Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 294P/LINEAR computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 294P/LINEAR in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Jan 17 29.45 00h 30m 28s +22° 19’ 26” Andromeda
2018 Jan 18 29.45 00h 30m 56s +22° 18’ 52” Andromeda
2018 Jan 19 29.45 00h 31m 26s +22° 18’ 24” Andromeda
2018 Jan 20 29.45 00h 31m 55s +22° 18’ 02” Andromeda
2018 Jan 21 29.46 00h 32m 26s +22° 17’ 47” Andromeda
2018 Jan 22 29.46 00h 32m 57s +22° 17’ 36” Andromeda
2018 Jan 23 29.46 00h 33m 28s +22° 17’ 31” Andromeda
2018 Jan 24 29.46 00h 34m 00s +22° 17’ 34” Andromeda
2018 Jan 25 29.46 00h 34m 33s +22° 17’ 40” Andromeda
2018 Jan 26 29.46 00h 35m 07s +22° 17’ 53” Andromeda
2018 Jan 27 29.47 00h 35m 40s +22° 18’ 11” Andromeda
2018 Jan 28 29.47 00h 36m 15s +22° 18’ 35” Andromeda
2018 Jan 29 29.47 00h 36m 51s +22° 19’ 05” Andromeda
2018 Jan 30 29.47 00h 37m 27s +22° 19’ 40” Andromeda

Distance of Comet 294P/LINEAR from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 294P/LINEAR 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 294P/LINEAR is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 294P/LINEAR from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 294P/LINEAR

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 294P/LINEAR, 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 294P/LINEAR between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet 294P/LINEAR Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 294P/LINEAR at epoch 07 December 2009 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455173.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.59451593
Orbit inclination i 19.08579830°
Perihelion distance q 1.29773465 AU
194,138,341 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.10318098 AU
763,425,010 km
Semi-major axis a 3.20045782 AU
478,781,676 km
Orbital period period 5.7300 years
2,091.3012 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2008-Jun-13 20:01:52
2,454,631.3346 JD
Next perihelion transit 2014-Mar-06 03:15
2,456,722.6358 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 233.26951818576°
Longitude of the ascending node node 315.44332067748°
Mean anomaly M 93.329230401559°
Mean motion n 0.17214163°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2048-Mar-04
Distance of closest approach* 0.34483160 AU
51,586,074 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.