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.
|2018 Feb 11||19.47||23h 43m 53s||-08° 07’ 59”||Aquarius|
|2018 Feb 12||19.49||23h 45m 32s||-07° 55’ 36”||Aquarius|
|2018 Feb 13||19.51||23h 47m 11s||-07° 43’ 13”||Aquarius|
|2018 Feb 14||19.53||23h 48m 48s||-07° 30’ 52”||Aquarius|
|2018 Feb 15||19.55||23h 50m 27s||-07° 18’ 34”||Aquarius|
|2018 Feb 16||19.57||23h 52m 05s||-07° 06’ 18”||Aquarius|
|2018 Feb 17||19.59||23h 53m 44s||-06° 54’ 03”||Aquarius|
|2018 Feb 18||19.61||23h 55m 20s||-06° 41’ 50”||Aquarius|
|2018 Feb 19||19.64||23h 56m 58s||-06° 29’ 40”||Cetus|
|2018 Feb 20||19.66||23h 58m 36s||-06° 17’ 31”||Pisces|
|2018 Feb 21||19.68||00h 00m 12s||-06° 05’ 26”||Pisces|
|2018 Feb 22||19.70||00h 01m 50s||-05° 53’ 21”||Pisces|
|2018 Feb 23||19.72||00h 03m 25s||-05° 41’ 21”||Pisces|
|2018 Feb 24||19.74||00h 05m 03s||-05° 29’ 21”||Pisces|
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 25 May 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457899.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||1.58621389 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2017-Jun-30 04:53:53
|Next perihelion transit||2023-Jan-19 18:21
|Argument of perihelion||peri||208.91678985852°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||59.446279619553°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2017-Jun-11|
|Distance of closest approach*||0.58986144 AU
* 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.