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Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring)

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Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) 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 C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) in Ursa Major on January, 17 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
11h 53m 24s
+41° 31’ 45”
21.29
 = 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 C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) Rise and Set Times

Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) is circumpolar from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] and transits at 04:06 UTC (altitude: 80.0°)

Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) 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 C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring)
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Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Jan 10 21.27 11h 56m 21s +40° 54’ 29” Ursa Major
2017 Jan 11 21.27 11h 55m 58s +40° 59’ 48” Ursa Major
2017 Jan 12 21.28 11h 55m 33s +41° 05’ 08” Ursa Major
2017 Jan 13 21.28 11h 55m 09s +41° 10’ 27” Ursa Major
2017 Jan 14 21.28 11h 54m 43s +41° 15’ 47” Ursa Major
2017 Jan 15 21.28 11h 54m 17s +41° 21’ 06” Ursa Major
2017 Jan 16 21.29 11h 53m 52s +41° 26’ 26” Ursa Major
2017 Jan 17 21.29 11h 53m 24s +41° 31’ 45” Ursa Major
2017 Jan 18 21.29 11h 52m 55s +41° 37’ 02” Ursa Major
2017 Jan 19 21.30 11h 52m 27s +41° 42’ 20” Ursa Major
2017 Jan 20 21.30 11h 51m 59s +41° 47’ 36” Ursa Major
2017 Jan 21 21.30 11h 51m 29s +41° 52’ 51” Ursa Major
2017 Jan 22 21.30 11h 50m 57s +41° 58’ 05” Ursa Major
2017 Jan 23 21.31 11h 50m 26s +42° 03’ 19” Ursa Major

Distance of Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) 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 C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) from Earth between January 2013 and January 2030

Light Curve of Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring), 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 C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) between January 2013 and January 2030

Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) at epoch 01 April 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457480.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00008553
Orbit inclination i 129.03291761°
Perihelion distance q 1.39976499 AU
209,401,862 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-Oct-25 04:13:10
2,456,955.6758 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 2.4491694821387°
Longitude of the ascending node node 300.99940992437°
Mean anomaly M 0.00024704994536109°
Mean motion n 0.00000047°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2014-Sep-05
Distance of closest approach* 0.89102368 AU
133,295,246 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2030-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.