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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 58m 22s and the Declination is -19° 41’ 46” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 294P/LINEAR is 22.73 (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 58m 22s
-19° 41’ 46”
Sagittarius
22.73
  • 294P/LINEAR is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-South-East direction at an altitude of 15° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 294P/LINEAR is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 294P/LINEAR rise and set times.
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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 October, 27 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 294P/LINEAR in Sagittarius on October, 27 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 58m 22s
Dec: -19° 41’ 46”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 294P/LINEAR
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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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 479,970,278 kilometers, equivalent to 3.208403 Astronomical Units. Light takes 26 minutes and 41.0085 seconds to travel from Comet 294P/LINEAR and arrive to us.

479,970,278
3.208403
26 minutes and 41.0085 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 0.344815 Astronomical Units, or 51,583,576 kilometers:

Wed Mar 4 2048
51,583,576
0.344815

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 22.73.

22.73
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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: 109.7°
Max altitude: 18.8°
Azimuth: 250.3°

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 13 September 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455453.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.59860596
Orbit inclination i 18.54176445°
Perihelion distance q 1.28220737 AU
191,815,492 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.10656389 AU
763,931,087 km
Semi-major axis a 3.19438563 AU
477,873,290 km
Orbital period period 5.7100 years
2,085.3523 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2008-Jun-16 14:43:49
2,454,634.1138 JD
Next perihelion transit 2014-Mar-02 23:11
2,456,719.4661 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 234.16864638271°
Longitude of the ascending node node 314.33829974051°
Mean anomaly M 141.45285594768°
Mean motion n 0.17263270°/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 Oct 20 19h 52m 45s -20° 16’ 04” 22.60 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 21 19h 53m 26s -20° 11’ 38” 22.62 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 22 19h 54m 10s -20° 07’ 10” 22.63 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 23 19h 54m 52s -20° 02’ 43” 22.65 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 24 19h 55m 36s -19° 58’ 14” 22.67 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 25 19h 56m 21s -19° 53’ 44” 22.69 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 26 19h 57m 06s -19° 49’ 14” 22.70 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 27 19h 57m 51s -19° 44’ 43” 22.72 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 28 19h 58m 38s -19° 40’ 09” 22.74 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 29 19h 59m 26s -19° 35’ 36” 22.76 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 30 20h 00m 14s -19° 31’ 02” 22.77 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 31 20h 01m 02s -19° 26’ 26” 22.79 Sagittarius
2020 Nov 01 20h 01m 51s -19° 21’ 51” 22.81 Sagittarius
2020 Nov 02 20h 02m 40s -19° 17’ 12” 22.82 Sagittarius