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Comet 294P/LINEAR

Comet 294P/LINEAR is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension of Comet 294P/LINEAR is 19h 50m 24s and the Declination is -25° 01’ 07” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 294P/LINEAR is 21.00 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 294P/LINEAR [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

19h 50m 24s
-25° 01’ 07”
Sagittarius
21.00

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Comet 294P/LINEAR Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 294P/LINEAR finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Map showing Comet 294P/LINEAR in Sagittarius on August, 15 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 294P/LINEAR in Sagittarius on August, 15 2020
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 294P/LINEAR is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

294P/LINEAR
RA: 19h 50m 24s
Dec: -25° 01’ 07”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 294P/LINEAR
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Comet 294P/LINEAR Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 294P/LINEAR from Earth is currently 279,923,641 kilometers, equivalent to 1.871174 Astronomical Units. Light takes 15 minutes and 33.7248 seconds to travel from Comet 294P/LINEAR and arrive to us.

279,923,641
1.871174
15 minutes and 33.7248 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 294P/LINEAR from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Distance of Comet 294P/LINEAR from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 294P/LINEAR from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 294P/LINEAR to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 294P/LINEAR to Earth happens on Wed Mar 4 2048 at a distance of 0.34481690 Astronomical Units, or 51,583,874 kilometers:

Wed Mar 4 2048
51,583,874
0.344817

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet 294P/LINEAR brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 294P/LINEAR is 21.00.

21.00
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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 behavior 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.

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 2100

Comet 294P/LINEAR rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

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

Azimuth: 115.0°
Max altitude: 13.5°
Azimuth: 245.0°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 294P/LINEAR touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet 294P/LINEAR Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 294P/LINEAR at epoch 19 February 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455247.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.59618033
Orbit inclination i 18.97329521°
Perihelion distance q 1.29176398 AU
193,245,141 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.10596283 AU
763,841,168 km
Semi-major axis a 3.19886340 AU
478,543,155 km
Orbital period period 5.7200 years
2,089.7386 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2008-Jun-15 00:17:50
2,454,632.5124 JD
Next perihelion transit 2014-Mar-05 18:01
2,456,722.2510 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 233.37649943167°
Longitude of the ascending node node 315.28006472483°
Mean anomaly M 105.94412955623°
Mean motion n 0.17227035°/day

Visualization of Comet 294P/LINEAR Orbit

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
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Comet 294P/LINEAR 15 Days 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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Aug 08 19h 57m 12s -25° 30’ 21” 21.00 Sagittarius
2020 Aug 09 19h 56m 12s -25° 26’ 32” 21.00 Sagittarius
2020 Aug 10 19h 55m 13s -25° 22’ 40” 21.00 Sagittarius
2020 Aug 11 19h 54m 15s -25° 18’ 43” 21.00 Sagittarius
2020 Aug 12 19h 53m 20s -25° 14’ 45” 21.00 Sagittarius
2020 Aug 13 19h 52m 26s -25° 10’ 45” 21.00 Sagittarius
2020 Aug 14 19h 51m 33s -25° 06’ 42” 21.00 Sagittarius
2020 Aug 15 19h 50m 41s -25° 02’ 35” 21.00 Sagittarius
2020 Aug 16 19h 49m 53s -24° 58’ 27” 21.00 Sagittarius
2020 Aug 17 19h 49m 05s -24° 54’ 19” 21.00 Sagittarius
2020 Aug 18 19h 48m 20s -24° 50’ 07” 21.00 Sagittarius
2020 Aug 19 19h 47m 35s -24° 45’ 54” 21.00 Sagittarius
2020 Aug 20 19h 46m 54s -24° 41’ 39” 21.00 Sagittarius
2020 Aug 21 19h 46m 14s -24° 37’ 23” 21.00 Sagittarius