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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 Scorpius on May, 28 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
16h 37m 41s
-26° 07’ 36”
13.12
 = 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: 116.1°
Max altitude: 12.4°
Azimuth: 243.9°

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 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.

Distance of Comet 71P/Clark from Earth between January 2014 and January 2035

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 2014 and January 2035

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

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.49919330
Orbit inclination i 9.48257941°
Perihelion distance q 1.56505695 AU
234,129,187 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.68508682 AU
700,879,014 km
Semi-major axis a 3.12507188 AU
467,504,101 km
Orbital period period 5.5200 years
2,017.8480 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2011-Dec-15 14:32:55
2,455,911.1062 JD
Next perihelion transit 2017-Jun-24 10:54
2,457,928.9542 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 208.84592560619°
Longitude of the ascending node node 59.641110842538°
Mean anomaly M 211.63489343543°
Mean motion n 0.17840789°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2017-Jun-11
Distance of closest approach* 0.58991987 AU
88,250,757 km

* 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.