Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught is currently in the constellation of Scorpius. The current Right Ascension of Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught is 16h 09m 29s and the Declination is -12° 31’ 03” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught is 21.46 (JPL).
Summary of key facts about Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught [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]:
- 319P/Catalina-McNaught is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the East-South-East direction at an altitude of 8° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, 319P/Catalina-McNaught is visible only through long exposure photography.
- See also 319P/Catalina-McNaught rise and set times.
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Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught 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 319P/Catalina-McNaught is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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 from Earth
The distance of Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught from Earth is currently 406,917,682 kilometers, equivalent to 2.720077 Astronomical Units. Light takes 22 minutes and 37.3313 seconds to travel from Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught and arrive to us.
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.
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 0.175307 Astronomical Units, or 26,225,594 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught 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 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.
Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught 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 319P/Catalina-McNaught Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||1.19698482 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2015-Jul-01 22:21:41
|Next perihelion transit||2022-Apr-02 18:55
|Argument of perihelion||peri||203.68088699949°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||111.36670354638°|
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!
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.
|2021 Dec 02||15h 50m 58s||-11° 16’ 00”||21.65||Libra|
|2021 Dec 03||15h 53m 27s||-11° 26’ 30”||21.63||Libra|
|2021 Dec 04||15h 55m 58s||-11° 36’ 56”||21.60||Libra|
|2021 Dec 05||15h 58m 28s||-11° 47’ 18”||21.58||Libra|
|2021 Dec 06||16h 01m 00s||-11° 57’ 37”||21.55||Libra|
|2021 Dec 07||16h 03m 34s||-12° 07’ 50”||21.53||Scorpius|
|2021 Dec 08||16h 06m 08s||-12° 18’ 00”||21.50||Scorpius|
|2021 Dec 09||16h 08m 44s||-12° 28’ 05”||21.47||Scorpius|
|2021 Dec 10||16h 11m 21s||-12° 38’ 05”||21.45||Scorpius|
|2021 Dec 11||16h 13m 58s||-12° 48’ 02”||21.42||Scorpius|
|2021 Dec 12||16h 16m 36s||-12° 57’ 51”||21.40||Scorpius|
|2021 Dec 13||16h 19m 17s||-13° 07’ 37”||21.37||Scorpius|
|2021 Dec 14||16h 21m 57s||-13° 17’ 18”||21.34||Scorpius|
|2021 Dec 15||16h 24m 39s||-13° 26’ 53”||21.32||Ophiucus|