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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 Ophiucus on April, 20 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
16h 54m 23s
-29° 32’ 38”
19.71
 = 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/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 local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 119.5°
Max altitude: 9.0°
Azimuth: 240.5°

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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Apr 13 19.75 16h 55m 26s -29° 29’ 48” Ophiucus
2018 Apr 14 19.74 16h 55m 18s -29° 30’ 15” Ophiucus
2018 Apr 15 19.74 16h 55m 10s -29° 30’ 42” Ophiucus
2018 Apr 16 19.73 16h 55m 01s -29° 31’ 08” Ophiucus
2018 Apr 17 19.72 16h 54m 52s -29° 31’ 32” Ophiucus
2018 Apr 18 19.72 16h 54m 43s -29° 31’ 54” Ophiucus
2018 Apr 19 19.71 16h 54m 33s -29° 32’ 17” Ophiucus
2018 Apr 20 19.71 16h 54m 23s -29° 32’ 38” Ophiucus
2018 Apr 21 19.70 16h 54m 11s -29° 32’ 57” Ophiucus
2018 Apr 22 19.69 16h 54m 01s -29° 33’ 15” Ophiucus
2018 Apr 23 19.69 16h 53m 48s -29° 33’ 32” Ophiucus
2018 Apr 24 19.68 16h 53m 35s -29° 33’ 47” Ophiucus
2018 Apr 25 19.67 16h 53m 22s -29° 34’ 00” Ophiucus
2018 Apr 26 19.67 16h 53m 09s -29° 34’ 13” Ophiucus

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.