Comet 71P/Clark Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 71P/Clark 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 71P/Clark Rise and Set Times
Today's Comet 71P/Clark rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.
Comet 71P/Clark Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 71P/Clark with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 71P/Clark 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!
Comet 71P/Clark Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 71P/Clark computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 71P/Clark in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2017 May 21||13.25||16h 40m 23s||-24° 23’ 04”||Ophiucus|
|2017 May 22||13.23||16h 40m 03s||-24° 37’ 49”||Ophiucus|
|2017 May 23||13.21||16h 39m 42s||-24° 52’ 37”||Scorpius|
|2017 May 24||13.19||16h 39m 20s||-25° 07’ 31”||Scorpius|
|2017 May 25||13.17||16h 38m 57s||-25° 22’ 28”||Scorpius|
|2017 May 26||13.15||16h 38m 32s||-25° 37’ 28”||Scorpius|
|2017 May 27||13.14||16h 38m 07s||-25° 52’ 32”||Scorpius|
|2017 May 28||13.12||16h 37m 41s||-26° 07’ 36”||Scorpius|
|2017 May 29||13.11||16h 37m 14s||-26° 22’ 42”||Scorpius|
|2017 May 30||13.09||16h 36m 47s||-26° 37’ 49”||Scorpius|
|2017 May 31||13.08||16h 36m 19s||-26° 52’ 55”||Scorpius|
|2017 Jun 01||13.07||16h 35m 51s||-27° 08’ 00”||Scorpius|
|2017 Jun 02||13.06||16h 35m 21s||-27° 23’ 04”||Scorpius|
|2017 Jun 03||13.05||16h 34m 53s||-27° 38’ 06”||Scorpius|
Distance of Comet 71P/Clark from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 71P/Clark 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 71P/Clark is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet 71P/Clark
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 71P/Clark, 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.
Comet 71P/Clark Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 71P/Clark at epoch 04 September 2009 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455079.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||1.56505695 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2011-Dec-15 14:32:55
|Next perihelion transit||2017-Jun-24 10:54
|Argument of perihelion||peri||208.84592560619°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||59.641110842538°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2017-Jun-11|
|Distance of closest approach*||0.58991987 AU
* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2014-Jan-01 and 2035-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.