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Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA)

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Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) 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 US10 (CATALINA) in Camelopardalis on December, 11 2016
High Precision Live Sky Chart
03h 40m 50s
+55° 00’ 06”
16.22
 = 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 US10 (CATALINA) Rise and Set Times

Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) is circumpolar from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] and transits at 22:16 UTC (altitude: 86.5°)

Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) 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 US10 (CATALINA)
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Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) 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 US10 (CATALINA) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2016 Dec 04 16.13 03h 53m 35s +55° 50’ 09” Camelopardalis
2016 Dec 05 16.14 03h 51m 42s +55° 43’ 35” Camelopardalis
2016 Dec 06 16.16 03h 49m 49s +55° 36’ 47” Camelopardalis
2016 Dec 07 16.17 03h 47m 57s +55° 29’ 49” Camelopardalis
2016 Dec 08 16.18 03h 46m 09s +55° 22’ 40” Camelopardalis
2016 Dec 09 16.19 03h 44m 21s +55° 15’ 19” Camelopardalis
2016 Dec 10 16.21 03h 42m 34s +55° 07’ 48” Camelopardalis
2016 Dec 11 16.22 03h 40m 50s +55° 00’ 06” Camelopardalis
2016 Dec 12 16.23 03h 39m 08s +54° 52’ 17” Camelopardalis
2016 Dec 13 16.25 03h 37m 28s +54° 44’ 17” Camelopardalis
2016 Dec 14 16.26 03h 35m 51s +54° 36’ 10” Camelopardalis
2016 Dec 15 16.27 03h 34m 14s +54° 27’ 55” Camelopardalis
2016 Dec 16 16.29 03h 32m 39s +54° 19’ 32” Camelopardalis
2016 Dec 17 16.30 03h 31m 08s +54° 11’ 02” Camelopardalis

Distance of Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) 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 US10 (CATALINA) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) from Earth between January 2013 and January 2030

Light Curve of Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA), 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 US10 (CATALINA) between January 2013 and January 2030

Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) at epoch 13 September 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457279.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00029692
Orbit inclination i 148.87833044°
Perihelion distance q 0.82296227 AU
123,113,403 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2015-Nov-15 17:19:47
2,457,342.2221 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 340.36025750812°
Longitude of the ascending node node 186.14434984548°
Mean anomaly M -0.00042365592524046°
Mean motion n 0.00000675°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2016-Jan-17
Distance of closest approach* 0.72472524 AU
108,417,352 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.