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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.

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Comet 294P/LINEAR in Pisces on April, 20 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
01h 46m 08s
+26° 45’ 56”
29.30
 = 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: 63.2°
Max altitude: 65.3°
Azimuth: 296.8°

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
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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 Apr 13 29.34 01h 39m 02s +26° 10’ 35” Pisces
2018 Apr 14 29.33 01h 40m 04s +26° 15’ 33” Pisces
2018 Apr 15 29.32 01h 41m 03s +26° 20’ 33” Pisces
2018 Apr 16 29.32 01h 42m 05s +26° 25’ 33” Pisces
2018 Apr 17 29.31 01h 43m 05s +26° 30’ 37” Pisces
2018 Apr 18 29.31 01h 44m 06s +26° 35’ 41” Pisces
2018 Apr 19 29.30 01h 45m 06s +26° 40’ 47” Pisces
2018 Apr 20 29.30 01h 46m 08s +26° 45’ 56” Pisces
2018 Apr 21 29.29 01h 47m 08s +26° 51’ 05” Triangulum
2018 Apr 22 29.28 01h 48m 11s +26° 56’ 16” Triangulum
2018 Apr 23 29.28 01h 49m 12s +27° 01’ 28” Triangulum
2018 Apr 24 29.27 01h 50m 13s +27° 06’ 42” Triangulum
2018 Apr 25 29.26 01h 51m 15s +27° 11’ 57” Triangulum
2018 Apr 26 29.26 01h 52m 17s +27° 17’ 13” Triangulum

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.