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Comet C/2016 A8 (LINEAR)

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Comet C/2016 A8 (LINEAR) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2016 A8 (LINEAR) 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/2016 A8 (LINEAR) in Sagittarius on February, 25 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
19h 25m 00s
-31° 21’ 47”
19.20
 = 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/2016 A8 (LINEAR) Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet C/2016 A8 (LINEAR) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 121.4°
Max altitude: 7.2°
Azimuth: 238.6°

Comet C/2016 A8 (LINEAR) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2016 A8 (LINEAR) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2016 A8 (LINEAR) 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/2016 A8 (LINEAR)
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Comet C/2016 A8 (LINEAR) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2016 A8 (LINEAR) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet C/2016 A8 (LINEAR) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Feb 18 19.11 19h 23m 49s -30° 23’ 00” Sagittarius
2017 Feb 19 19.12 19h 24m 02s -30° 31’ 08” Sagittarius
2017 Feb 20 19.14 19h 24m 14s -30° 39’ 20” Sagittarius
2017 Feb 21 19.15 19h 24m 24s -30° 47’ 38” Sagittarius
2017 Feb 22 19.16 19h 24m 36s -30° 56’ 02” Sagittarius
2017 Feb 23 19.18 19h 24m 45s -31° 04’ 31” Sagittarius
2017 Feb 24 19.19 19h 24m 52s -31° 13’ 05” Sagittarius
2017 Feb 25 19.20 19h 25m 00s -31° 21’ 47” Sagittarius
2017 Feb 26 19.21 19h 25m 06s -31° 30’ 34” Sagittarius
2017 Feb 27 19.23 19h 25m 12s -31° 39’ 28” Sagittarius
2017 Feb 28 19.24 19h 25m 17s -31° 48’ 29” Sagittarius
2017 Mar 01 19.25 19h 25m 19s -31° 57’ 34” Sagittarius
2017 Mar 02 19.26 19h 25m 23s -32° 06’ 48” Sagittarius
2017 Mar 03 19.27 19h 25m 23s -32° 16’ 09” Sagittarius

Distance of Comet C/2016 A8 (LINEAR) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2016 A8 (LINEAR) 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/2016 A8 (LINEAR) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/2016 A8 (LINEAR) from Earth between January 2013 and January 2030

Light Curve of Comet C/2016 A8 (LINEAR)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2016 A8 (LINEAR), 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/2016 A8 (LINEAR) between January 2013 and January 2030

Comet C/2016 A8 (LINEAR) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2016 A8 (LINEAR) at epoch 09 August 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457610.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.94634693
Orbit inclination i 148.21183722°
Perihelion distance q 1.88112893 AU
281,412,883 km
Aphelion distance Q 68.24081519 AU
10,208,680,667 km
Semi-major axis a 35.06097206 AU
5,245,046,775 km
Orbital period period 207.6100 years
75,828.8301 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Aug-30 16:04:20
2,457,631.1697 JD
Next perihelion transit 2224-Apr-11 11:59
2,533,459.9998 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 130.26535049632°
Longitude of the ascending node node 111.23215878471°
Mean anomaly M 359.90186997053°
Mean motion n 0.00474753°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2016-Sep-01
Distance of closest approach* 1.03867385 AU
155,383,396 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2030-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.