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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 Cancer on April, 19 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
09h 08m 31s
+19° 41’ 34”
 = 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: 70.3°
Max altitude: 58.2°
Azimuth: 289.7°

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 Apr 12 21.87 09h 08m 00s +19° 53’ 53” Cancer
2018 Apr 13 21.88 09h 08m 03s +19° 52’ 18” Cancer
2018 Apr 14 21.89 09h 08m 04s +19° 50’ 39” Cancer
2018 Apr 15 21.91 09h 08m 08s +19° 48’ 56” Cancer
2018 Apr 16 21.92 09h 08m 12s +19° 47’ 09” Cancer
2018 Apr 17 21.94 09h 08m 18s +19° 45’ 20” Cancer
2018 Apr 18 21.95 09h 08m 25s +19° 43’ 28” Cancer
2018 Apr 19 21.97 09h 08m 31s +19° 41’ 34” Cancer
2018 Apr 20 21.98 09h 08m 39s +19° 39’ 36” Cancer
2018 Apr 21 22.00 09h 08m 48s +19° 37’ 35” Cancer
2018 Apr 22 22.01 09h 08m 57s +19° 35’ 30” Cancer
2018 Apr 23 22.03 09h 09m 06s +19° 33’ 24” Cancer
2018 Apr 24 22.04 09h 09m 17s +19° 31’ 14” Cancer
2018 Apr 25 22.06 09h 09m 29s +19° 29’ 02” Cancer

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 27 July 2013 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456501.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.50730729
Orbit inclination i 8.14723342°
Perihelion distance q 2.50583251 AU
374,867,208 km
Aphelion distance Q 7.66615694 AU
1,146,840,757 km
Semi-major axis a 5.08599472 AU
760,853,983 km
Orbital period period 11.4700 years
4,189.5009 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Jul-18 01:31:09
2,457,587.5633 JD
Next perihelion transit 2028-Jan-06 13:32
2,461,777.0642 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 44.214753926961°
Longitude of the ascending node node 346.03978424198°
Mean anomaly M 266.67556802435°
Mean motion n 0.08592909°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2061-Oct-25
Distance of closest approach* 1.47235342 AU
220,260,937 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.