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Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo)

Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) is currently in the constellation of Capricornus. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) is 20h 18m 49s and the Declination is -22° 38’ 25” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) is 17.00 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

20h 18m 49s
-22° 38’ 25”
Capricornus
17.00
  • C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-East direction at an altitude of 2° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) rise and set times.
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Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Map showing Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) in Capricornus on August, 12 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) in Capricornus on August, 12 2020
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo)
RA: 20h 18m 49s
Dec: -22° 38’ 25”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

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

The distance of Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) from Earth is currently 740,146,214 kilometers, equivalent to 4.947572 Astronomical Units. Light takes 41 minutes and 8.8620 seconds to travel from Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) and arrive to us.

740,146,214
4.947572
41 minutes and 8.8620 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Distance of Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat 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) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) to Earth happens on Tue Aug 27 2075 at a distance of 4.68238100 Astronomical Units, or 700,474,229 kilometers:

Tue Aug 27 2075
700,474,229
4.682381

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) is 17.00.

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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 behavior 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.

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 2100

Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

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

Azimuth: 112.6°
Max altitude: 15.9°
Azimuth: 247.4°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

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

Visualization of Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo) Orbit

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) 15 Days 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
2020 Aug 05 20h 21m 48s -22° 34’ 56” 17.00 Capricornus
2020 Aug 06 20h 21m 24s -22° 35’ 29” 17.00 Capricornus
2020 Aug 07 20h 21m 02s -22° 35’ 58” 17.00 Capricornus
2020 Aug 08 20h 20m 38s -22° 36’ 28” 17.00 Capricornus
2020 Aug 09 20h 20m 14s -22° 36’ 55” 17.00 Capricornus
2020 Aug 10 20h 19m 51s -22° 37’ 20” 17.00 Capricornus
2020 Aug 11 20h 19m 28s -22° 37’ 45” 17.00 Capricornus
2020 Aug 12 20h 19m 06s -22° 38’ 07” 17.00 Capricornus
2020 Aug 13 20h 18m 45s -22° 38’ 27” 17.00 Capricornus
2020 Aug 14 20h 18m 23s -22° 38’ 48” 17.00 Capricornus
2020 Aug 15 20h 18m 01s -22° 39’ 05” 17.00 Capricornus
2020 Aug 16 20h 17m 39s -22° 39’ 20” 17.00 Capricornus
2020 Aug 17 20h 17m 17s -22° 39’ 36” 17.00 Capricornus
2020 Aug 18 20h 16m 58s -22° 39’ 47” 17.00 Capricornus