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 Jan 17||22.32||07h 41m 18s||+26° 03’ 51”||Gemini|
|2018 Jan 18||22.33||07h 40m 32s||+26° 05’ 49”||Gemini|
|2018 Jan 19||22.33||07h 39m 43s||+26° 07’ 45”||Gemini|
|2018 Jan 20||22.33||07h 38m 56s||+26° 09’ 37”||Gemini|
|2018 Jan 21||22.33||07h 38m 08s||+26° 11’ 26”||Gemini|
|2018 Jan 22||22.33||07h 37m 22s||+26° 13’ 13”||Gemini|
|2018 Jan 23||22.33||07h 36m 34s||+26° 14’ 57”||Gemini|
|2018 Jan 24||22.33||07h 35m 48s||+26° 16’ 37”||Gemini|
|2018 Jan 25||22.33||07h 35m 02s||+26° 18’ 15”||Gemini|
|2018 Jan 26||22.33||07h 34m 15s||+26° 19’ 51”||Gemini|
|2018 Jan 27||22.34||07h 33m 29s||+26° 21’ 24”||Gemini|
|2018 Jan 28||22.34||07h 32m 44s||+26° 22’ 53”||Gemini|
|2018 Jan 29||22.34||07h 31m 59s||+26° 24’ 19”||Gemini|
|2018 Jan 30||22.34||07h 31m 15s||+26° 25’ 42”||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.