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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.

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Comet C/2016 A8 (LINEAR) in Centaurus on September, 22 2017
14h 50m 42s
-39° 37’ 11”
 = 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

Comet C/2016 A8 (LINEAR) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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 Sep 15 22.89 14h 48m 34s -39° 43’ 59” Centaurus
2017 Sep 16 22.91 14h 48m 51s -39° 42’ 42” Centaurus
2017 Sep 17 22.94 14h 49m 08s -39° 41’ 33” Centaurus
2017 Sep 18 22.96 14h 49m 26s -39° 40’ 28” Centaurus
2017 Sep 19 22.98 14h 49m 44s -39° 39’ 30” Centaurus
2017 Sep 20 23.00 14h 50m 03s -39° 38’ 39” Centaurus
2017 Sep 21 23.02 14h 50m 21s -39° 37’ 53” Centaurus
2017 Sep 22 23.04 14h 50m 42s -39° 37’ 11” Centaurus
2017 Sep 23 23.06 14h 51m 02s -39° 36’ 38” Centaurus
2017 Sep 24 23.08 14h 51m 23s -39° 36’ 07” Centaurus
2017 Sep 25 23.10 14h 51m 45s -39° 35’ 44” Centaurus
2017 Sep 26 23.12 14h 52m 06s -39° 35’ 26” Centaurus
2017 Sep 27 23.14 14h 52m 28s -39° 35’ 13” Centaurus
2017 Sep 28 23.16 14h 52m 51s -39° 35’ 07” Centaurus

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.

Distance of Comet C/2016 A8 (LINEAR) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

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 December 2075

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 0.94634765
Orbit inclination i 148.21183941°
Perihelion distance q 1.88112896 AU
281,412,888 km
Aphelion distance Q 68.24176023 AU
10,208,822,043 km
Semi-major axis a 35.06144459 AU
5,245,117,465 km
Orbital period period 207.6100 years
75,830.3631 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Aug-30 16:04:20
2,457,631.1697 JD
Next perihelion transit 2224-Apr-13 00:47
2,533,461.5328 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 130.265345978°
Longitude of the ascending node node 111.23215568034°
Mean anomaly M 359.90187196672°
Mean motion n 0.00474744°/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 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.