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Comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER)

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Comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER) 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 N4 (MASTER) in Draco on November, 24 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
19h 46m 19s
+63° 13’ 41”
 = 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 N4 (MASTER) Rise and Set Times

Comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER) is circumpolar from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] and transits at 15:31 UTC (altitude: 78.3°)

Comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER) 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 N4 (MASTER)
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Comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER) 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 N4 (MASTER) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Nov 17 15.18 19h 47m 15s +64° 03’ 03” Draco
2017 Nov 18 15.18 19h 46m 59s +63° 55’ 22” Draco
2017 Nov 19 15.19 19h 46m 45s +63° 47’ 52” Draco
2017 Nov 20 15.19 19h 46m 36s +63° 40’ 36” Draco
2017 Nov 21 15.20 19h 46m 27s +63° 33’ 32” Draco
2017 Nov 22 15.21 19h 46m 23s +63° 26’ 40” Draco
2017 Nov 23 15.21 19h 46m 19s +63° 20’ 03” Draco
2017 Nov 24 15.22 19h 46m 19s +63° 13’ 41” Draco
2017 Nov 25 15.23 19h 46m 22s +63° 07’ 32” Draco
2017 Nov 26 15.23 19h 46m 27s +63° 01’ 36” Draco
2017 Nov 27 15.24 19h 46m 32s +62° 55’ 55” Draco
2017 Nov 28 15.25 19h 46m 41s +62° 50’ 29” Draco
2017 Nov 29 15.25 19h 46m 53s +62° 45’ 18” Draco
2017 Nov 30 15.26 19h 47m 04s +62° 40’ 20” Draco

Distance of Comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER) 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 N4 (MASTER) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER), 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 N4 (MASTER) between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER) at epoch 05 February 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457790.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99954107
Orbit inclination i 72.56033797°
Perihelion distance q 3.19901038 AU
478,565,142 km
Aphelion distance Q 13,937.92581576 AU
2,085,084,028,193 km
Semi-major axis a 6,970.56241307 AU
1,042,781,296,668 km
Orbital period period 581,982.5100 years
212,569,111.4064 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Sep-16 14:34:58
2,458,013.1076 JD
Next perihelion transit 584012-Mar-03 00:20
215,027,124.5140 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 55.959178390588°
Longitude of the ascending node node 354.03323562806°
Mean anomaly M 359.99962299912°
Mean motion n 0.00000169°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2017-Sep-21
Distance of closest approach* 2.76489229 AU
413,621,999 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.