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Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux

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Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux 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 49P/Arend-Rigaux in Virgo on December, 11 2018
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
13h 25m 01s
+05° 52’ 47”

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 behvior 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.

Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 84.1°
Max altitude: 44.4°
Azimuth: 275.9°

Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux 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 49P/Arend-Rigaux
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Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Dec 04 13h 11m 26s +06° 14’ 16” 17.85 Virgo
2018 Dec 05 13h 13m 14s +06° 11’ 00” 17.86 Virgo
2018 Dec 06 13h 15m 00s +06° 07’ 54” 17.88 Virgo
2018 Dec 07 13h 16m 45s +06° 04’ 58” 17.89 Virgo
2018 Dec 08 13h 18m 30s +06° 02’ 08” 17.90 Virgo
2018 Dec 09 13h 20m 13s +05° 59’ 29” 17.92 Virgo
2018 Dec 10 13h 21m 56s +05° 56’ 57” 17.93 Virgo
2018 Dec 11 13h 23m 39s +05° 54’ 36” 17.94 Virgo
2018 Dec 12 13h 25m 20s +05° 52’ 22” 17.96 Virgo
2018 Dec 13 13h 27m 01s +05° 50’ 17” 17.97 Virgo
2018 Dec 14 13h 28m 40s +05° 48’ 21” 17.98 Virgo
2018 Dec 15 13h 30m 18s +05° 46’ 36” 17.99 Virgo
2018 Dec 16 13h 31m 55s +05° 44’ 58” 18.01 Virgo
2018 Dec 17 13h 33m 32s +05° 43’ 32” 18.02 Virgo

Distance of Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux 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 49P/Arend-Rigaux is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux, 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 49P/Arend-Rigaux between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux at epoch 22 April 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455309.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.60085865
Orbit inclination i 19.07701346°
Perihelion distance q 1.42039213 AU
212,487,639 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.69684656 AU
852,236,117 km
Semi-major axis a 3.55861934 AU
532,361,878 km
Orbital period period 6.7100 years
2,452.0015 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2011-Oct-19 01:59:37
2,455,853.5831 JD
Next perihelion transit 2018-Jul-06 02:01
2,458,305.5846 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 332.87789397025°
Longitude of the ascending node node 118.9372408865°
Mean anomaly M 280.11835823292°
Mean motion n 0.14681883°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2031-Dec-27
Distance of closest approach* 0.55946590 AU
83,694,907 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.