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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 July, 20 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
09h 58m 21s
+14° 08’ 08”
 = 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: 75.9°
Max altitude: 52.7°
Azimuth: 284.1°

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 Jul 13 23.04 09h 52m 58s +14° 41’ 17” Leo
2018 Jul 14 23.05 09h 53m 44s +14° 36’ 35” Leo
2018 Jul 15 23.05 09h 54m 29s +14° 31’ 54” Leo
2018 Jul 16 23.06 09h 55m 15s +14° 27’ 11” Leo
2018 Jul 17 23.07 09h 56m 02s +14° 22’ 26” Leo
2018 Jul 18 23.08 09h 56m 48s +14° 17’ 40” Leo
2018 Jul 19 23.09 09h 57m 34s +14° 12’ 55” Leo
2018 Jul 20 23.10 09h 58m 21s +14° 08’ 08” Leo
2018 Jul 21 23.11 09h 59m 08s +14° 03’ 20” Leo
2018 Jul 22 23.12 09h 59m 54s +13° 58’ 31” Leo
2018 Jul 23 23.13 10h 00m 41s +13° 53’ 40” Leo
2018 Jul 24 23.14 10h 01m 27s +13° 48’ 51” Leo
2018 Jul 25 23.14 10h 02m 14s +13° 43’ 59” Leo
2018 Jul 26 23.15 10h 03m 02s +13° 39’ 07” 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.