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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 April, 20 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
07h 17m 30s
+26° 04’ 41”
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 = 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: 63.9°
Max altitude: 64.6°
Azimuth: 296.1°

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 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.

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.