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Comet 88P/Howell

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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 in Gemini on January, 24 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
07h 35m 48s
+26° 16’ 37”
 = 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 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.

Azimuth: 63.7°
Max altitude: 64.8°
Azimuth: 296.3°

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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet 88P/Howell
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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.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
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.

Distance of Comet 88P/Howell from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 88P/Howell between January 2013 and December 2075

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

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.56210874
Orbit inclination i 4.38264987°
Perihelion distance q 1.36181094 AU
203,724,018 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.85804810 AU
726,753,653 km
Semi-major axis a 3.10992952 AU
465,238,835 km
Orbital period period 5.4800 years
2,003.1997 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2015-Apr-06 20:25:19
2,457,119.3509 JD
Next perihelion transit 2020-Sep-30 01:12
2,459,122.5506 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 235.83976799263°
Longitude of the ascending node node 56.743572332562°
Mean anomaly M 215.71766487491°
Mean motion n 0.17971249°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2042-Jun-05
Distance of closest approach* 0.73631991 AU
110,151,891 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.