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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 Scorpius on July, 17 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
16h 26m 48s
-28° 38’ 11”
19.44
 = 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: 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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Jul 10 19.44 16h 28m 21s -28° 46’ 18” Scorpius
2018 Jul 11 19.44 16h 28m 06s -28° 45’ 09” Scorpius
2018 Jul 12 19.44 16h 27m 51s -28° 43’ 59” Scorpius
2018 Jul 13 19.44 16h 27m 38s -28° 42’ 48” Scorpius
2018 Jul 14 19.44 16h 27m 24s -28° 41’ 39” Scorpius
2018 Jul 15 19.44 16h 27m 11s -28° 40’ 30” Scorpius
2018 Jul 16 19.44 16h 26m 59s -28° 39’ 20” Scorpius
2018 Jul 17 19.44 16h 26m 48s -28° 38’ 11” Scorpius
2018 Jul 18 19.44 16h 26m 36s -28° 37’ 02” Scorpius
2018 Jul 19 19.44 16h 26m 26s -28° 35’ 53” Scorpius
2018 Jul 20 19.44 16h 26m 14s -28° 34’ 45” Scorpius
2018 Jul 21 19.44 16h 26m 04s -28° 33’ 38” Scorpius
2018 Jul 22 19.45 16h 25m 54s -28° 32’ 31” Scorpius
2018 Jul 23 19.45 16h 25m 45s -28° 31’ 24” Scorpius

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.