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Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught

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Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.

More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught in Gemini on April, 20 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
07h 55m 59s
+24° 47’ 12”
27.70
 = 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 319P/Catalina-McNaught Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 65.2°
Max altitude: 63.3°
Azimuth: 294.8°

Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught Orbit Diagram

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 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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Apr 13 27.65 07h 54m 47s +24° 50’ 43” Gemini
2018 Apr 14 27.66 07h 54m 56s +24° 50’ 18” Gemini
2018 Apr 15 27.67 07h 55m 05s +24° 49’ 51” Gemini
2018 Apr 16 27.68 07h 55m 14s +24° 49’ 23” Gemini
2018 Apr 17 27.68 07h 55m 24s +24° 48’ 54” Gemini
2018 Apr 18 27.69 07h 55m 35s +24° 48’ 21” Gemini
2018 Apr 19 27.70 07h 55m 46s +24° 47’ 48” Gemini
2018 Apr 20 27.70 07h 55m 59s +24° 47’ 12” Gemini
2018 Apr 21 27.71 07h 56m 12s +24° 46’ 33” Gemini
2018 Apr 22 27.72 07h 56m 26s +24° 45’ 55” Gemini
2018 Apr 23 27.73 07h 56m 39s +24° 45’ 14” Gemini
2018 Apr 24 27.73 07h 56m 54s +24° 44’ 30” Gemini
2018 Apr 25 27.74 07h 57m 10s +24° 43’ 46” Gemini
2018 Apr 26 27.75 07h 57m 25s +24° 43’ 00” Gemini

Distance of Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught from Earth

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

Distance of Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught

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 2075

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
Closest approach to Earth* 2068-Jul-18
Distance of closest approach* 0.17530786 AU
26,225,682 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.