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Comet 378P/McNaught

Comet 378P/McNaught is currently in the constellation of Aquarius. The current Right Ascension of Comet 378P/McNaught is 23h 03m 02s and the Declination is -20° 50’ 28” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 378P/McNaught is 17.95 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 378P/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]:

23h 03m 02s
-20° 50’ 28”
Aquarius
17.95
  • 378P/McNaught is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-South-West direction at an altitude of 15° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 378P/McNaught is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 378P/McNaught rise and set times.
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Comet 378P/McNaught Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 378P/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.

Map showing Comet 378P/McNaught in Aquarius on May, 06 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 378P/McNaught in Aquarius on May, 06 2021
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 378P/McNaught is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

378P/McNaught
RA: 23h 03m 02s
Dec: -20° 50’ 28”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 378P/McNaught
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 378P/McNaught?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 378P/McNaught in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 378P/McNaught Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 378P/McNaught from Earth is currently 578,307,231 kilometers, equivalent to 3.865745 Astronomical Units. Light takes 32 minutes and 9.0253 seconds to travel from Comet 378P/McNaught and arrive to us.

578,307,231
3.865745
32 minutes and 9.0253 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 378P/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.

Distance of Comet 378P/McNaught 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 378P/McNaught from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 378P/McNaught to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 378P/McNaught to Earth happens on Fri Jul 11 2036 at a distance of 2.340039 Astronomical Units, or 350,064,814 kilometers:

Fri Jul 11 2036
350,064,814
2.340039

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

Comet 378P/McNaught brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 378P/McNaught is 17.95.

17.95
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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 378P/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 378P/McNaught between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 378P/McNaught 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 378P/McNaught rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 110.8°
Max altitude: 17.7°
Azimuth: 249.2°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 378P/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 378P/McNaught Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 378P/McNaught at epoch 18 February 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455246.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.46659526
Orbit inclination i 19.16795249°
Perihelion distance q 3.36596411 AU
503,541,065 km
Aphelion distance Q 9.25471164 AU
1,384,485,157 km
Semi-major axis a 6.31033787 AU
944,013,111 km
Orbital period period 15.8500 years
5,789.9838 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2004-Dec-28 19:12:07
2,453,368.3001 JD
Next perihelion transit 2020-Nov-04 18:48
2,459,158.2839 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 194.89721551627°
Longitude of the ascending node node 94.605911894394°
Mean anomaly M 116.77959677353°
Mean motion n 0.06217634°/day

Visualization of Comet 378P/McNaught Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 378P/McNaught with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 378P/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 378P/McNaught
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Comet 378P/McNaught 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 378P/McNaught computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 378P/McNaught in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Apr 29 22h 54m 42s -21° 03’ 14” 17.98 Aquarius
2021 Apr 30 22h 55m 51s -21° 01’ 15” 17.97 Aquarius
2021 May 01 22h 57m 01s -20° 59’ 22” 17.97 Aquarius
2021 May 02 22h 58m 09s -20° 57’ 33” 17.96 Aquarius
2021 May 03 22h 59m 17s -20° 55’ 49” 17.96 Aquarius
2021 May 04 23h 00m 24s -20° 54’ 07” 17.95 Aquarius
2021 May 05 23h 01m 31s -20° 52’ 32” 17.95 Aquarius
2021 May 06 23h 02m 36s -20° 51’ 02” 17.95 Aquarius
2021 May 07 23h 03m 42s -20° 49’ 35” 17.94 Aquarius
2021 May 08 23h 04m 47s -20° 48’ 14” 17.94 Aquarius
2021 May 09 23h 05m 52s -20° 46’ 58” 17.93 Aquarius
2021 May 10 23h 06m 56s -20° 45’ 46” 17.93 Aquarius
2021 May 11 23h 07m 59s -20° 44’ 39” 17.92 Aquarius
2021 May 12 23h 09m 02s -20° 43’ 38” 17.92 Aquarius