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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 Gemini on December, 16 2018
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06h 46m 38s
+25° 04’ 46”

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 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 Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 64.9°
Max altitude: 63.6°
Azimuth: 295.1°

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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Dec 09 06h 51m 20s +24° 48’ 55” 25.79 Gemini
2018 Dec 10 06h 50m 41s +24° 51’ 11” 25.78 Gemini
2018 Dec 11 06h 50m 03s +24° 53’ 27” 25.78 Gemini
2018 Dec 12 06h 49m 23s +24° 55’ 44” 25.77 Gemini
2018 Dec 13 06h 48m 42s +24° 58’ 00” 25.77 Gemini
2018 Dec 14 06h 48m 02s +25° 00’ 15” 25.76 Gemini
2018 Dec 15 06h 47m 20s +25° 02’ 30” 25.76 Gemini
2018 Dec 16 06h 46m 38s +25° 04’ 45” 25.75 Gemini
2018 Dec 17 06h 45m 56s +25° 07’ 00” 25.75 Gemini
2018 Dec 18 06h 45m 14s +25° 09’ 15” 25.74 Gemini
2018 Dec 19 06h 44m 30s +25° 11’ 27” 25.74 Gemini
2018 Dec 20 06h 43m 48s +25° 13’ 40” 25.73 Gemini
2018 Dec 21 06h 43m 04s +25° 15’ 51” 25.73 Gemini
2018 Dec 22 06h 42m 20s +25° 18’ 02” 25.73 Gemini

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.