Comet 294P/LINEAR Position
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Comet 294P/LINEAR Distance
The distance of Comet 294P/LINEAR from Earth is currently 289,572,903 kilometers, equivalent to 1.935675 Astronomical Units. Light takes 16 minutes and 5.9112 seconds to travel from Comet 294P/LINEAR and arrive to us.
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.
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 0.34483166 Astronomical Units, or 51,586,082 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 294P/LINEAR brightness
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.
Comet 294P/LINEAR rise and set times
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
|Perihelion distance||q||1.29773465 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2008-Jun-13 20:01:52
|Next perihelion transit||2014-Mar-06 03:15
|Argument of perihelion||peri||233.26951818576°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||315.44332067748°|
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!
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.
|2020 Mar 21||20h 01m 05s||-33° 25’ 24”||20.91||Sagittarius|
|2020 Mar 22||20h 03m 08s||-33° 18’ 47”||20.94||Sagittarius|
|2020 Mar 23||20h 05m 12s||-33° 12’ 07”||20.96||Sagittarius|
|2020 Mar 24||20h 07m 12s||-33° 05’ 26”||20.98||Sagittarius|
|2020 Mar 25||20h 09m 11s||-32° 58’ 45”||21.01||Sagittarius|
|2020 Mar 26||20h 11m 08s||-32° 52’ 04”||21.03||Sagittarius|
|2020 Mar 27||20h 13m 03s||-32° 45’ 21”||21.05||Sagittarius|
|2020 Mar 28||20h 14m 56s||-32° 38’ 39”||21.07||Sagittarius|
|2020 Mar 29||20h 16m 46s||-32° 31’ 58”||21.10||Sagittarius|
|2020 Mar 30||20h 18m 37s||-32° 25’ 15”||21.12||Sagittarius|
|2020 Mar 31||20h 20m 25s||-32° 18’ 34”||21.14||Sagittarius|
|2020 Apr 01||20h 22m 10s||-32° 11’ 54”||21.16||Sagittarius|
|2020 Apr 02||20h 23m 54s||-32° 05’ 14”||21.19||Sagittarius|
|2020 Apr 03||20h 25m 36s||-31° 58’ 36”||21.21||Sagittarius|