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Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught

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Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught Position

Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught is currently in the constellation of Leo. The current Right Ascension is 09h 22m 47s and the Declination is +22° 53’ 10”.

09h 22m 47s
+22° 53’ 10”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught in Leo on June, 24 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught is right now (view fullscreen)

319P/Catalina-McNaught
RA: 09h 22m 47s
Dec: +22° 53’ 10”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught Distance

The distance of Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught from Earth is currently 972,949,381 kilometers, equivalent to 6.503765 Astronomical Units. Light takes 54 minutes and 5.4098 seconds to travel from Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught and arrive to us.

972,949,381
6.503765
54 minutes and 5.4098 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught 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 319P/Catalina-McNaught 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 319P/Catalina-McNaught from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught to Earth happens on Wed Jul 18 2068 at a distance of 0.17530786 Astronomical Units, or 26,225,682 kilometers:

Wed Jul 18 2068
26,225,682
0.175308

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

Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught is 27.94.

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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 behvior 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 319P/Catalina-McNaught, 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 319P/Catalina-McNaught between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught 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 319P/Catalina-McNaught rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 67.1°
Max altitude: 61.4°
Azimuth: 292.9°
Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught at epoch 22 September 2013 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456558.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.66499286
Orbit inclination i 15.07420590°
Perihelion distance q 1.19698517 AU
179,066,433 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.94904259 AU
889,964,106 km
Semi-major axis a 3.57301388 AU
534,515,269 km
Orbital period period 6.7500 years
2,466.8940 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2015-Jul-01 22:11:05
2,457,205.4244 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Apr-02 19:38
2,459,672.3183 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 203.68025289999°
Longitude of the ascending node node 111.36656240872°
Mean anomaly M 265.59271098904°
Mean motion n 0.14593250°/day

Visualization of Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught 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 319P/Catalina-McNaught
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Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Jun 17 09h 18m 25s +23° 15’ 06” 27.92 Cancer
2019 Jun 18 09h 18m 57s +23° 12’ 20” 27.93 Cancer
2019 Jun 19 09h 19m 31s +23° 09’ 34” 27.93 Cancer
2019 Jun 20 09h 20m 03s +23° 06’ 47” 27.93 Cancer
2019 Jun 21 09h 20m 38s +23° 03’ 59” 27.93 Cancer
2019 Jun 22 09h 21m 11s +23° 01’ 09” 27.94 Cancer
2019 Jun 23 09h 21m 46s +22° 58’ 18” 27.94 Cancer
2019 Jun 24 09h 22m 19s +22° 55’ 26” 27.94 Leo
2019 Jun 25 09h 22m 54s +22° 52’ 32” 27.94 Leo
2019 Jun 26 09h 23m 30s +22° 49’ 37” 27.95 Leo
2019 Jun 27 09h 24m 06s +22° 46’ 41” 27.95 Leo
2019 Jun 28 09h 24m 41s +22° 43’ 45” 27.95 Leo
2019 Jun 29 09h 25m 17s +22° 40’ 47” 27.95 Leo
2019 Jun 30 09h 25m 54s +22° 37’ 50” 27.96 Leo