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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 Cancer on January, 24 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
08h 22m 18s
+23° 10’ 12”
27.17
 = 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: 66.8°
Max altitude: 61.7°
Azimuth: 293.2°

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 Jan 17 27.16 08h 26m 59s +22° 48’ 37” Cancer
2018 Jan 18 27.17 08h 26m 20s +22° 51’ 45” Cancer
2018 Jan 19 27.17 08h 25m 40s +22° 54’ 52” Cancer
2018 Jan 20 27.17 08h 24m 59s +22° 58’ 00” Cancer
2018 Jan 21 27.17 08h 24m 19s +23° 01’ 05” Cancer
2018 Jan 22 27.17 08h 23m 39s +23° 04’ 09” Cancer
2018 Jan 23 27.17 08h 22m 58s +23° 07’ 10” Cancer
2018 Jan 24 27.17 08h 22m 18s +23° 10’ 12” Cancer
2018 Jan 25 27.18 08h 21m 38s +23° 13’ 10” Cancer
2018 Jan 26 27.18 08h 20m 57s +23° 16’ 08” Cancer
2018 Jan 27 27.18 08h 20m 17s +23° 19’ 02” Cancer
2018 Jan 28 27.18 08h 19m 36s +23° 21’ 56” Cancer
2018 Jan 29 27.19 08h 18m 56s +23° 24’ 47” Cancer
2018 Jan 30 27.19 08h 18m 16s +23° 27’ 37” Cancer

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.