Comet 88P/Howell Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 88P/Howell 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 88P/Howell Rise and Set Times
Today's Comet 88P/Howell rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.
Comet 88P/Howell Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 88P/Howell with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 88P/Howell 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 88P/Howell Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 88P/Howell computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 88P/Howell in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2018 Apr 13||22.75||07h 14m 53s||+26° 13’ 42”||Gemini|
|2018 Apr 14||22.75||07h 15m 12s||+26° 12’ 29”||Gemini|
|2018 Apr 15||22.76||07h 15m 33s||+26° 11’ 13”||Gemini|
|2018 Apr 16||22.76||07h 15m 56s||+26° 09’ 57”||Gemini|
|2018 Apr 17||22.77||07h 16m 18s||+26° 08’ 39”||Gemini|
|2018 Apr 18||22.77||07h 16m 41s||+26° 07’ 22”||Gemini|
|2018 Apr 19||22.78||07h 17m 06s||+26° 06’ 02”||Gemini|
|2018 Apr 20||22.79||07h 17m 30s||+26° 04’ 41”||Gemini|
|2018 Apr 21||22.79||07h 17m 56s||+26° 03’ 17”||Gemini|
|2018 Apr 22||22.80||07h 18m 23s||+26° 01’ 54”||Gemini|
|2018 Apr 23||22.80||07h 18m 50s||+26° 00’ 29”||Gemini|
|2018 Apr 24||22.81||07h 19m 17s||+25° 59’ 03”||Gemini|
|2018 Apr 25||22.81||07h 19m 45s||+25° 57’ 37”||Gemini|
|2018 Apr 26||22.82||07h 20m 15s||+25° 56’ 08”||Gemini|
Distance of Comet 88P/Howell from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 88P/Howell 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 88P/Howell is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet 88P/Howell
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 88P/Howell, 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 88P/Howell Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 88P/Howell at epoch 23 January 2013 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456316.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||1.36181094 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2015-Apr-06 20:25:19
|Next perihelion transit||2020-Sep-30 01:12
|Argument of perihelion||peri||235.83976799263°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||56.743572332562°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2042-Jun-05|
|Distance of closest approach*||0.73631991 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.