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Comet 354P/LINEAR

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Comet 354P/LINEAR Position

Comet 354P/LINEAR is currently in the constellation of Taurus. The current Right Ascension is 03h 47m 37s and the Declination is +23° 38’ 03”.

03h 47m 37s
+23° 38’ 03”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 354P/LINEAR is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 354P/LINEAR in Taurus on March, 29 2020
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 354P/LINEAR is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 03h 47m 37s
Dec: +23° 38’ 03”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 354P/LINEAR
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Also check out Where is Comet 354P/LINEAR?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 354P/LINEAR in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 354P/LINEAR Distance

The distance of Comet 354P/LINEAR from Earth is currently 371,019,971 kilometers, equivalent to 2.480115 Astronomical Units. Light takes 20 minutes and 37.5894 seconds to travel from Comet 354P/LINEAR and arrive to us.

20 minutes and 37.5894 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 354P/LINEAR 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 354P/LINEAR 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 354P/LINEAR from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 354P/LINEAR to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 354P/LINEAR to Earth happens on Mon Dec 28 2054 at a distance of 1.02346159 Astronomical Units, or 153,107,675 kilometers:

Mon Dec 28 2054

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

Comet 354P/LINEAR brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 354P/LINEAR is 20.50.


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 354P/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 354P/LINEAR between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 354P/LINEAR 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 354P/LINEAR rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 66.4°
Max altitude: 62.2°
Azimuth: 293.7°
Comet 354P/LINEAR 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 354P/LINEAR 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 354P/LINEAR Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 354P/LINEAR at epoch 11 January 2014 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456669.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.12497107
Orbit inclination i 5.25593231°
Perihelion distance q 2.00355966 AU
299,728,259 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.57585386 AU
385,342,254 km
Semi-major axis a 2.28970676 AU
342,535,256 km
Orbital period period 3.4600 years
1,265.5177 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2013-May-22 00:04:05
2,456,434.5028 JD
Next perihelion transit 2016-Nov-07 12:29
2,457,700.0206 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 132.74246731196°
Longitude of the ascending node node 320.23521080286°
Mean anomaly M 66.849301797413°
Mean motion n 0.28446856°/day

Visualization of Comet 354P/LINEAR Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 354P/LINEAR with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 354P/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 354P/LINEAR
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Comet 354P/LINEAR 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 354P/LINEAR computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 354P/LINEAR in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Mar 22 03h 30m 48s +22° 56’ 26” 20.44 Taurus
2020 Mar 23 03h 32m 59s +23° 02’ 08” 20.45 Taurus
2020 Mar 24 03h 35m 11s +23° 07’ 45” 20.46 Taurus
2020 Mar 25 03h 37m 23s +23° 13’ 18” 20.46 Taurus
2020 Mar 26 03h 39m 34s +23° 18’ 48” 20.47 Taurus
2020 Mar 27 03h 41m 48s +23° 24’ 14” 20.48 Taurus
2020 Mar 28 03h 44m 00s +23° 29’ 34” 20.49 Taurus
2020 Mar 29 03h 46m 14s +23° 34’ 50” 20.49 Taurus
2020 Mar 30 03h 48m 28s +23° 40’ 01” 20.50 Taurus
2020 Mar 31 03h 50m 43s +23° 45’ 07” 20.51 Taurus
2020 Apr 01 03h 52m 58s +23° 50’ 09” 20.51 Taurus
2020 Apr 02 03h 55m 13s +23° 55’ 05” 20.52 Taurus
2020 Apr 03 03h 57m 29s +23° 59’ 57” 20.52 Taurus
2020 Apr 04 03h 59m 44s +24° 04’ 42” 20.53 Taurus