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 Nov 14||16.95||20h 56m 39s||-27° 09’ 57”||Capricornus|
|2017 Nov 15||16.98||20h 58m 49s||-26° 57’ 56”||Capricornus|
|2017 Nov 16||17.01||21h 00m 57s||-26° 45’ 50”||Capricornus|
|2017 Nov 17||17.03||21h 03m 06s||-26° 33’ 41”||Capricornus|
|2017 Nov 18||17.06||21h 05m 14s||-26° 21’ 29”||Capricornus|
|2017 Nov 19||17.09||21h 07m 23s||-26° 09’ 15”||Capricornus|
|2017 Nov 20||17.12||21h 09m 30s||-25° 56’ 57”||Capricornus|
|2017 Nov 21||17.15||21h 11m 38s||-25° 44’ 38”||Capricornus|
|2017 Nov 22||17.17||21h 13m 44s||-25° 32’ 15”||Capricornus|
|2017 Nov 23||17.20||21h 15m 50s||-25° 19’ 50”||Capricornus|
|2017 Nov 24||17.23||21h 17m 56s||-25° 07’ 22”||Capricornus|
|2017 Nov 25||17.26||21h 20m 00s||-24° 54’ 51”||Capricornus|
|2017 Nov 26||17.29||21h 22m 05s||-24° 42’ 19”||Capricornus|
|2017 Nov 27||17.31||21h 24m 11s||-24° 29’ 44”||Capricornus|
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 February 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457079.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||1.58006668 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2017-Jun-30 00:46:42
|Next perihelion transit||2023-Jan-15 17:44
|Argument of perihelion||peri||208.99455498446°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||59.569043341198°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2017-Jun-11|
|Distance of closest approach*||0.58986180 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.