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Comet 71P/Clark

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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 in Virgo on July, 25 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
11h 54m 02s
+05° 05’ 12”
 = 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 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.

Azimuth: 84.9°
Max altitude: 43.6°
Azimuth: 275.1°

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.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Jul 18 41.48 11h 51m 51s +05° 24’ 24” Virgo
2017 Jul 19 41.48 11h 52m 08s +05° 21’ 44” Virgo
2017 Jul 20 41.49 11h 52m 26s +05° 19’ 04” Virgo
2017 Jul 21 41.50 11h 52m 45s +05° 16’ 20” Virgo
2017 Jul 22 41.51 11h 53m 03s +05° 13’ 36” Virgo
2017 Jul 23 41.51 11h 53m 22s +05° 10’ 50” Virgo
2017 Jul 24 41.52 11h 53m 41s +05° 08’ 02” Virgo
2017 Jul 25 41.53 11h 54m 02s +05° 05’ 12” Virgo
2017 Jul 26 41.54 11h 54m 21s +05° 02’ 21” Virgo
2017 Jul 27 41.55 11h 54m 42s +04° 59’ 27” Virgo
2017 Jul 28 41.55 11h 55m 03s +04° 56’ 34” Virgo
2017 Jul 29 41.56 11h 55m 23s +04° 53’ 39” Virgo
2017 Jul 30 41.57 11h 55m 45s +04° 50’ 41” Virgo
2017 Jul 31 41.57 11h 56m 07s +04° 47’ 44” Virgo

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.

Distance of Comet 71P/Clark from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 71P/Clark between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet 71P/Clark Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 71P/Clark at epoch 22 July 2014 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456861.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.49636721
Orbit inclination i 9.45937804°
Perihelion distance q 1.57721886 AU
235,948,583 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.68614957 AU
701,037,998 km
Semi-major axis a 3.13168421 AU
468,493,291 km
Orbital period period 5.5400 years
2,024.2557 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2011-Dec-14 11:55:13
2,455,909.9967 JD
Next perihelion transit 2017-Jun-29 18:03
2,457,934.2524 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 208.99632524613°
Longitude of the ascending node node 59.599256571037°
Mean anomaly M 169.21834113779°
Mean motion n 0.17784314°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2059-Oct-29
Distance of closest approach* 0.15268964 AU
22,842,045 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.