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Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh

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Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh 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 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh in Libra on April, 21 2019
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
15h 49m 33s
-16° 13’ 50”

The Observed Magnitude and Coma Diameter values are derived from the Comet Observers Database by averaging the values reported in recent observations (more recent than 4 days), when available. The Estimated Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behvior of comets. When available please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Estimated Magnitude as a directional indication. We acknowledge with thanks the comet observations from the COBS Comet Observation Database contributed by observers worldwide and used in this table to report recent comet observations.

Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 106.2°
Max altitude: 22.3°
Azimuth: 253.8°

Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh 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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh
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Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Apr 14 15h 53m 05s -16° 20’ 53” 17.20 Libra
2019 Apr 15 15h 52m 41s -16° 20’ 04” 17.19 Libra
2019 Apr 16 15h 52m 15s -16° 19’ 14” 17.19 Libra
2019 Apr 17 15h 51m 50s -16° 18’ 21” 17.19 Libra
2019 Apr 18 15h 51m 23s -16° 17’ 29” 17.18 Libra
2019 Apr 19 15h 50m 54s -16° 16’ 32” 17.18 Libra
2019 Apr 20 15h 50m 26s -16° 15’ 36” 17.18 Libra
2019 Apr 21 15h 49m 56s -16° 14’ 38” 17.18 Libra
2019 Apr 22 15h 49m 27s -16° 13’ 37” 17.17 Libra
2019 Apr 23 15h 48m 56s -16° 12’ 37” 17.17 Libra
2019 Apr 24 15h 48m 24s -16° 11’ 34” 17.17 Libra
2019 Apr 25 15h 47m 52s -16° 10’ 31” 17.17 Libra
2019 Apr 26 15h 47m 18s -16° 09’ 25” 17.17 Libra
2019 Apr 27 15h 46m 45s -16° 08’ 18” 17.17 Libra

Distance of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh 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 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

Light Curve of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh, 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 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh at epoch 17 November 2011 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455883.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.14729740
Orbit inclination i 6.65048837°
Perihelion distance q 3.55401777 AU
531,673,492 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.78187282 AU
715,357,994 km
Semi-major axis a 4.16794530 AU
623,515,743 km
Orbital period period 8.5100 years
3,108.0031 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2009-Jul-27 07:02:12
2,455,039.7932 JD
Next perihelion transit 2018-Jan-29 07:06
2,458,147.7963 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 86.758811626312°
Longitude of the ascending node node 77.080835829893°
Mean anomaly M 97.726558446377°
Mean motion n 0.11583000°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2089-Jul-12
Distance of closest approach* 2.14803038 AU
321,340,772 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2100-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.