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Comet 333P/LINEAR

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Comet 333P/LINEAR Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 333P/LINEAR 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 333P/LINEAR in Sagittarius on January, 24 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
19h 59m 57s
-18° 58’ 18”
 = 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 333P/LINEAR Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 333P/LINEAR rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 109.0°
Max altitude: 19.5°
Azimuth: 251.0°

Comet 333P/LINEAR Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 333P/LINEAR with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 333P/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 333P/LINEAR
View Comet 333P/LINEAR in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Comet 333P/LINEAR Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 333P/LINEAR computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 333P/LINEAR in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Jan 17 24.29 19h 56m 03s -18° 57’ 06” Sagittarius
2018 Jan 18 24.29 19h 56m 36s -18° 57’ 19” Sagittarius
2018 Jan 19 24.29 19h 57m 11s -18° 57’ 30” Sagittarius
2018 Jan 20 24.30 19h 57m 43s -18° 57’ 42” Sagittarius
2018 Jan 21 24.30 19h 58m 18s -18° 57’ 51” Sagittarius
2018 Jan 22 24.30 19h 58m 50s -18° 58’ 00” Sagittarius
2018 Jan 23 24.31 19h 59m 25s -18° 58’ 10” Sagittarius
2018 Jan 24 24.31 19h 59m 57s -18° 58’ 18” Sagittarius
2018 Jan 25 24.32 20h 00m 30s -18° 58’ 27” Sagittarius
2018 Jan 26 24.32 20h 01m 04s -18° 58’ 35” Sagittarius
2018 Jan 27 24.32 20h 01m 36s -18° 58’ 42” Sagittarius
2018 Jan 28 24.32 20h 02m 09s -18° 58’ 50” Sagittarius
2018 Jan 29 24.33 20h 02m 43s -18° 58’ 57” Sagittarius
2018 Jan 30 24.33 20h 03m 15s -18° 59’ 03” Sagittarius

Distance of Comet 333P/LINEAR from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 333P/LINEAR 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 333P/LINEAR is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 333P/LINEAR from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 333P/LINEAR

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 333P/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 333P/LINEAR between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet 333P/LINEAR Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 333P/LINEAR at epoch 11 January 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457034.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.73590868
Orbit inclination i 131.87946318°
Perihelion distance q 1.11542181 AU
166,864,728 km
Aphelion distance Q 7.33182149 AU
1,096,824,885 km
Semi-major axis a 4.22362165 AU
631,844,807 km
Orbital period period 8.6800 years
3,170.4867 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Apr-03 22:30:24
2,457,482.4378 JD
Next perihelion transit 2024-Dec-08 10:11
2,460,652.9245 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 26.143319198461°
Longitude of the ascending node node 115.56257446364°
Mean anomaly M 309.13790388389°
Mean motion n 0.11354723°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2068-Jan-11
Distance of closest approach* 0.18016697 AU
26,952,595 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.