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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 October, 17 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
11h 05m 38s
+06° 51’ 24”
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23.57
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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 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 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 Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 83.1°
Max altitude: 45.4°
Azimuth: 276.8°

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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Oct 10 11h 01m 00s +07° 23’ 03” 23.56 Leo
2018 Oct 11 11h 01m 41s +07° 18’ 29” 23.56 Leo
2018 Oct 12 11h 02m 21s +07° 13’ 59” 23.56 Leo
2018 Oct 13 11h 03m 00s +07° 09’ 29” 23.57 Leo
2018 Oct 14 11h 03m 38s +07° 05’ 00” 23.57 Leo
2018 Oct 15 11h 04m 18s +07° 00’ 34” 23.57 Leo
2018 Oct 16 11h 04m 56s +06° 56’ 09” 23.57 Leo
2018 Oct 17 11h 05m 35s +06° 51’ 47” 23.57 Leo
2018 Oct 18 11h 06m 12s +06° 47’ 25” 23.58 Leo
2018 Oct 19 11h 06m 51s +06° 43’ 05” 23.58 Leo
2018 Oct 20 11h 07m 27s +06° 38’ 48” 23.58 Leo
2018 Oct 21 11h 08m 04s +06° 34’ 32” 23.58 Leo
2018 Oct 22 11h 08m 41s +06° 30’ 17” 23.58 Leo
2018 Oct 23 11h 09m 17s +06° 26’ 04” 23.58 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 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.