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Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke

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Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke 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 7P/Pons-Winnecke in Taurus on April, 20 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
05h 14m 45s
+20° 46’ 31”
 = 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 7P/Pons-Winnecke Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 69.2°
Max altitude: 59.3°
Azimuth: 290.8°

Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke 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 7P/Pons-Winnecke
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Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke Ephemeris

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

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Apr 13 26.65 05h 10m 53s +20° 33’ 28” Taurus
2018 Apr 14 26.66 05h 11m 25s +20° 35’ 21” Taurus
2018 Apr 15 26.66 05h 11m 57s +20° 37’ 14” Taurus
2018 Apr 16 26.67 05h 12m 29s +20° 39’ 06” Taurus
2018 Apr 17 26.67 05h 13m 03s +20° 40’ 59” Taurus
2018 Apr 18 26.67 05h 13m 36s +20° 42’ 50” Taurus
2018 Apr 19 26.68 05h 14m 11s +20° 44’ 40” Taurus
2018 Apr 20 26.68 05h 14m 45s +20° 46’ 31” Taurus
2018 Apr 21 26.69 05h 15m 20s +20° 48’ 20” Taurus
2018 Apr 22 26.69 05h 15m 56s +20° 50’ 09” Taurus
2018 Apr 23 26.70 05h 16m 32s +20° 51’ 59” Taurus
2018 Apr 24 26.70 05h 17m 08s +20° 53’ 47” Taurus
2018 Apr 25 26.70 05h 17m 44s +20° 55’ 33” Taurus
2018 Apr 26 26.71 05h 18m 20s +20° 57’ 20” Taurus

Distance of Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke 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 7P/Pons-Winnecke is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke, 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 7P/Pons-Winnecke between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke at epoch 23 December 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457380.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.63761701
Orbit inclination i 22.33508806°
Perihelion distance q 1.23896144 AU
185,345,993 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.59889504 AU
837,582,778 km
Semi-major axis a 3.41892824 AU
511,464,386 km
Orbital period period 6.3200 years
2,309.0504 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2015-Jan-30 12:43:31
2,457,053.0302 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-May-27 13:56
2,459,362.0806 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 172.50005526807°
Longitude of the ascending node node 93.409603415503°
Mean anomaly M 51.055239811981°
Mean motion n 0.15590825°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2062-Jun-13
Distance of closest approach* 0.16765547 AU
25,080,901 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.