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Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo)

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Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) 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/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) in Sagittarius on January, 17 2019
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
17h 50m 34s
-28° 37’ 19”
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19.36
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The Observed Magnitude and Coma Diameter values are derived from the Comet Observers Database by averaging the values reported in recent observations (more recent than 4 days), when available. The Estimated Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behvior of comets. When available please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Estimated Magnitude as a directional indication. We acknowledge with thanks the comet observations from the COBS Comet Observation Database contributed by observers worldwide and used in this table to report recent comet observations.

Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 118.6°
Max altitude: 9.9°
Azimuth: 241.4°

Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) 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/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo)
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Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Jan 10 17h 44m 56s -28° 34’ 55” 19.40 Sagittarius
2019 Jan 11 17h 45m 39s -28° 35’ 16” 19.39 Sagittarius
2019 Jan 12 17h 46m 23s -28° 35’ 35” 19.39 Sagittarius
2019 Jan 13 17h 47m 08s -28° 35’ 53” 19.38 Sagittarius
2019 Jan 14 17h 47m 52s -28° 36’ 12” 19.38 Sagittarius
2019 Jan 15 17h 48m 34s -28° 36’ 30” 19.37 Sagittarius
2019 Jan 16 17h 49m 18s -28° 36’ 48” 19.37 Sagittarius
2019 Jan 17 17h 50m 02s -28° 37’ 06” 19.36 Sagittarius
2019 Jan 18 17h 50m 44s -28° 37’ 23” 19.36 Sagittarius
2019 Jan 19 17h 51m 28s -28° 37’ 41” 19.35 Sagittarius
2019 Jan 20 17h 52m 10s -28° 37’ 59” 19.35 Sagittarius
2019 Jan 21 17h 52m 53s -28° 38’ 14” 19.34 Sagittarius
2019 Jan 22 17h 53m 35s -28° 38’ 31” 19.34 Sagittarius
2019 Jan 23 17h 54m 18s -28° 38’ 48” 19.33 Sagittarius

Distance of Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) 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/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo), 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/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) at epoch 17 September 2014 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456918.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.64406218
Orbit inclination i 6.48310525°
Perihelion distance q 5.72167523 AU
855,950,433 km
Aphelion distance Q 26.42818295 AU
3,953,599,904 km
Semi-major axis a 16.07492909 AU
2,404,775,169 km
Orbital period period 64.4500 years
23,540.8438 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-May-09 22:31:50
2,459,344.4388 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 1.3020172072818°
Longitude of the ascending node node 327.56586354223°
Mean anomaly M 322.90116156203°
Mean motion n 0.01529257°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2075-Aug-27
Distance of closest approach* 4.68238095 AU
700,474,222 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.