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Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham

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Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham 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 56P/Slaughter-Burnham in Leo on January, 23 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
09h 43m 49s
+18° 51’ 05”
 = 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 56P/Slaughter-Burnham Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 71.1°
Max altitude: 57.4°
Azimuth: 288.9°

Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham 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 56P/Slaughter-Burnham
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Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Jan 16 20.91 09h 47m 57s +18° 33’ 43” Leo
2018 Jan 17 20.92 09h 47m 23s +18° 36’ 10” Leo
2018 Jan 18 20.92 09h 46m 49s +18° 38’ 36” Leo
2018 Jan 19 20.93 09h 46m 14s +18° 41’ 04” Leo
2018 Jan 20 20.93 09h 45m 38s +18° 43’ 33” Leo
2018 Jan 21 20.94 09h 45m 02s +18° 46’ 04” Leo
2018 Jan 22 20.94 09h 44m 26s +18° 48’ 33” Leo
2018 Jan 23 20.95 09h 43m 49s +18° 51’ 05” Leo
2018 Jan 24 20.96 09h 43m 12s +18° 53’ 35” Leo
2018 Jan 25 20.96 09h 42m 33s +18° 56’ 05” Leo
2018 Jan 26 20.97 09h 41m 54s +18° 58’ 36” Leo
2018 Jan 27 20.97 09h 41m 17s +19° 01’ 06” Leo
2018 Jan 28 20.98 09h 40m 37s +19° 03’ 37” Leo
2018 Jan 29 20.99 09h 39m 57s +19° 06’ 06” Leo

Distance of Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham 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 56P/Slaughter-Burnham is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham, 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 56P/Slaughter-Burnham between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham at epoch 13 November 2012 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456245.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.50747470
Orbit inclination i 8.14897039°
Perihelion distance q 2.50531518 AU
374,789,817 km
Aphelion distance Q 7.66803097 AU
1,147,121,108 km
Semi-major axis a 5.08667308 AU
760,955,463 km
Orbital period period 11.4700 years
4,190.3391 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Jul-17 14:47:45
2,457,587.1165 JD
Next perihelion transit 2028-Jan-06 22:56
2,461,777.4556 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 44.149217115776°
Longitude of the ascending node node 346.08725792814°
Mean anomaly M 244.73917432523°
Mean motion n 0.08591190°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2061-Oct-26
Distance of closest approach* 1.47399120 AU
220,505,945 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.