The current Right Ascension of Comet 294P/LINEAR is 00h 46m 52s and the Declination is +27° 50’ 42” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom ). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 294P/LINEAR is 23.73 (JPL).
The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted 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.
- 294P/LINEAR is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- Given its current magnitude, 294P/LINEAR is visible only through long exposure photography.
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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.
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.
Also check out Where is Comet 294P/LINEAR?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 294P/LINEAR in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet 294P/LINEAR Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 294P/LINEAR from Earth is currently 566,706,551 kilometers, equivalent to 3.788199 Astronomical Units. Light takes 31 minutes and 30.3296 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 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 294P/LINEAR to Earth happens on Wed Mar 4 2048 at a distance of 0.344815 Astronomical Units, or 51,583,573 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 294P/LINEAR Brightness and Light Curve
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 Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||1.28220736 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2008-Jun-16 14:43:49
|Next perihelion transit||2014-Mar-02 23:11
|Argument of perihelion||peri||234.16864652874°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||314.33829985946°|
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.
|2023 Nov 24||00h 49m 42s||+28° 33’ 51”||23.71||Pisces|
|2023 Nov 25||00h 49m 17s||+28° 27’ 50”||23.71||Andromeda|
|2023 Nov 26||00h 48m 51s||+28° 21’ 51”||23.71||Andromeda|
|2023 Nov 27||00h 48m 25s||+28° 15’ 52”||23.71||Andromeda|
|2023 Nov 28||00h 48m 02s||+28° 09’ 56”||23.72||Andromeda|
|2023 Nov 29||00h 47m 39s||+28° 04’ 02”||23.72||Andromeda|
|2023 Nov 30||00h 47m 18s||+27° 58’ 09”||23.72||Andromeda|
|2023 Dec 01||00h 46m 58s||+27° 52’ 19”||23.73||Andromeda|
|2023 Dec 02||00h 46m 38s||+27° 46’ 32”||23.73||Andromeda|
|2023 Dec 03||00h 46m 19s||+27° 40’ 46”||23.73||Andromeda|
|2023 Dec 04||00h 46m 02s||+27° 35’ 04”||23.74||Andromeda|
|2023 Dec 05||00h 45m 47s||+27° 29’ 26”||23.74||Andromeda|
|2023 Dec 06||00h 45m 32s||+27° 23’ 51”||23.74||Andromeda|
|2023 Dec 07||00h 45m 18s||+27° 18’ 19”||23.75||Andromeda|