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Comet C/2013 YG46 (Spacewatch)

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Comet C/2013 YG46 (Spacewatch) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2013 YG46 (Spacewatch) 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 YG46 (Spacewatch) in Capricornus on February, 25 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
21h 18m 30s
-21° 01’ 45”
15.31
 = 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 YG46 (Spacewatch) Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet C/2013 YG46 (Spacewatch) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 111.0°
Max altitude: 17.5°
Azimuth: 249.0°

Comet C/2013 YG46 (Spacewatch) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2013 YG46 (Spacewatch) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2013 YG46 (Spacewatch) 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 YG46 (Spacewatch)
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Comet C/2013 YG46 (Spacewatch) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2013 YG46 (Spacewatch) 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 YG46 (Spacewatch) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Feb 18 15.30 20h 59m 04s -22° 16’ 28” Capricornus
2017 Feb 19 15.30 21h 01m 54s -22° 06’ 11” Capricornus
2017 Feb 20 15.30 21h 04m 41s -21° 55’ 46” Capricornus
2017 Feb 21 15.30 21h 07m 27s -21° 45’ 14” Capricornus
2017 Feb 22 15.30 21h 10m 14s -21° 34’ 32” Capricornus
2017 Feb 23 15.30 21h 13m 00s -21° 23’ 44” Capricornus
2017 Feb 24 15.30 21h 15m 46s -21° 12’ 48” Capricornus
2017 Feb 25 15.31 21h 18m 30s -21° 01’ 45” Capricornus
2017 Feb 26 15.31 21h 21m 15s -20° 50’ 34” Capricornus
2017 Feb 27 15.31 21h 23m 57s -20° 39’ 16” Capricornus
2017 Feb 28 15.31 21h 26m 40s -20° 27’ 51” Capricornus
2017 Mar 01 15.31 21h 29m 22s -20° 16’ 21” Capricornus
2017 Mar 02 15.31 21h 32m 04s -20° 04’ 44” Capricornus
2017 Mar 03 15.31 21h 34m 45s -19° 52’ 59” Capricornus

Distance of Comet C/2013 YG46 (Spacewatch) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2013 YG46 (Spacewatch) 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 YG46 (Spacewatch) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/2013 YG46 (Spacewatch) from Earth between January 2013 and January 2030

Light Curve of Comet C/2013 YG46 (Spacewatch)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2013 YG46 (Spacewatch), 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 YG46 (Spacewatch) between January 2013 and January 2030

Comet C/2013 YG46 (Spacewatch) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2013 YG46 (Spacewatch) at epoch 22 March 2014 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456739.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.45405612
Orbit inclination i 8.10810695°
Perihelion distance q 1.80442232 AU
269,937,738 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.80586264 AU
718,946,819 km
Semi-major axis a 3.30514248 AU
494,442,278 km
Orbital period period 6.0100 years
2,194.7432 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Jan-20 07:30:32
2,457,773.8129 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Jan-24 01:20
2,459,968.5560 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 234.19374331526°
Longitude of the ascending node node 55.696456987327°
Mean anomaly M 190.34341259922°
Mean motion n 0.16402830°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2028-Apr-23
Distance of closest approach* 1.66820897 AU
249,560,511 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.