Comet C/2015 X7 (ATLAS)
Comet C/2015 X7 (ATLAS) Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2015 X7 (ATLAS) 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/2015 X7 (ATLAS) Rise and Set Times
Comet C/2015 X7 (ATLAS) is circumpolar from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] and transits at 06:37 UTC (altitude: 77.4°)
Comet C/2015 X7 (ATLAS) Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2015 X7 (ATLAS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2015 X7 (ATLAS) 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!
Comet C/2015 X7 (ATLAS) Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2015 X7 (ATLAS) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet C/2015 X7 (ATLAS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2018 Jan 17||20.27||14h 47m 11s||+38° 00’ 30”||Bootes|
|2018 Jan 18||20.27||14h 47m 47s||+38° 07’ 59”||Bootes|
|2018 Jan 19||20.28||14h 48m 23s||+38° 15’ 32”||Bootes|
|2018 Jan 20||20.28||14h 48m 57s||+38° 23’ 08”||Bootes|
|2018 Jan 21||20.28||14h 49m 32s||+38° 30’ 50”||Bootes|
|2018 Jan 22||20.28||14h 50m 04s||+38° 38’ 35”||Bootes|
|2018 Jan 23||20.28||14h 50m 38s||+38° 46’ 23”||Bootes|
|2018 Jan 24||20.29||14h 51m 10s||+38° 54’ 15”||Bootes|
|2018 Jan 25||20.29||14h 51m 42s||+39° 02’ 12”||Bootes|
|2018 Jan 26||20.29||14h 52m 11s||+39° 10’ 12”||Bootes|
|2018 Jan 27||20.29||14h 52m 41s||+39° 18’ 15”||Bootes|
|2018 Jan 28||20.29||14h 53m 11s||+39° 26’ 21”||Bootes|
|2018 Jan 29||20.30||14h 53m 39s||+39° 34’ 30”||Bootes|
|2018 Jan 30||20.30||14h 54m 06s||+39° 42’ 42”||Bootes|
Distance of Comet C/2015 X7 (ATLAS) from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2015 X7 (ATLAS) 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/2015 X7 (ATLAS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet C/2015 X7 (ATLAS)
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2015 X7 (ATLAS), 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.
Comet C/2015 X7 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2015 X7 (ATLAS) at epoch 11 October 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457673.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||3.68456242 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2016-Jul-30 06:11:09
|Argument of perihelion||peri||348.48996990857°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||139.88405834485°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2017-Feb-08|
|Distance of closest approach*||3.19175344 AU
* 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.