Comet 378P/McNaught is currently in the constellation of Cetus. The current Right Ascension of Comet 378P/McNaught is 02h 02m 14s and the Declination is -04° 02’ 28” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 378P/McNaught is 19.62 (JPL).
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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.
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.
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Comet 378P/McNaught Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 378P/McNaught from Earth is currently 903,457,111 kilometers, equivalent to 6.039238 Astronomical Units. Light takes 50 minutes and 13.6085 seconds to travel from Comet 378P/McNaught and arrive to us.
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.
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 2.340041 Astronomical Units, or 350,065,212 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 378P/McNaught brightness
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.
Comet 378P/McNaught rise and set times
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
|Perihelion distance||q||3.37937081 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2020-Oct-22 15:10:23
|Next perihelion transit||2036-Oct-09 04:32
|Argument of perihelion||peri||194.31681160431°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||94.519421559834°|
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!
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.
|2023 Feb 02||01h 59m 29s||-04° 41’ 07”||19.57||Cetus|
|2023 Feb 03||01h 59m 51s||-04° 35’ 43”||19.57||Cetus|
|2023 Feb 04||02h 00m 12s||-04° 30’ 17”||19.58||Cetus|
|2023 Feb 05||02h 00m 35s||-04° 24’ 51”||19.59||Cetus|
|2023 Feb 06||02h 00m 59s||-04° 19’ 24”||19.60||Cetus|
|2023 Feb 07||02h 01m 23s||-04° 13’ 56”||19.61||Cetus|
|2023 Feb 08||02h 01m 46s||-04° 08’ 29”||19.61||Cetus|
|2023 Feb 09||02h 02m 12s||-04° 03’ 01”||19.62||Cetus|
|2023 Feb 10||02h 02m 36s||-03° 57’ 30”||19.63||Cetus|
|2023 Feb 11||02h 03m 02s||-03° 52’ 01”||19.64||Cetus|
|2023 Feb 12||02h 03m 29s||-03° 46’ 32”||19.64||Cetus|
|2023 Feb 13||02h 03m 55s||-03° 41’ 02”||19.65||Cetus|
|2023 Feb 14||02h 04m 22s||-03° 35’ 30”||19.66||Cetus|
|2023 Feb 15||02h 04m 49s||-03° 30’ 00”||19.67||Cetus|