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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 Canes Venatici on December, 10 2018
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
12h 59m 29s
+43° 49’ 42”
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18.30
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The Observed Magnitude and Coma Diameter values are derived from the Comet Observers Database by averaging the values reported in recent observations (more recent than 4 days), when available. The Estimated Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behvior of comets. When available please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Estimated Magnitude as a directional indication. We acknowledge with thanks the comet observations from the COBS Comet Observation Database contributed by observers worldwide and used in this table to report recent comet observations.

Comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER) Rise and Set Times

Comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER) is circumpolar from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] and transits at 07:43 UTC (altitude: 82.3°)

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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Dec 03 12h 57m 21s +43° 39’ 16” 18.28 Canes Venatici
2018 Dec 04 12h 57m 42s +43° 40’ 14” 18.28 Canes Venatici
2018 Dec 05 12h 58m 00s +43° 41’ 20” 18.29 Canes Venatici
2018 Dec 06 12h 58m 18s +43° 42’ 33” 18.29 Canes Venatici
2018 Dec 07 12h 58m 35s +43° 43’ 53” 18.29 Canes Venatici
2018 Dec 08 12h 58m 51s +43° 45’ 20” 18.29 Canes Venatici
2018 Dec 09 12h 59m 07s +43° 46’ 55” 18.30 Canes Venatici
2018 Dec 10 12h 59m 21s +43° 48’ 38” 18.30 Canes Venatici
2018 Dec 11 12h 59m 35s +43° 50’ 27” 18.30 Canes Venatici
2018 Dec 12 12h 59m 48s +43° 52’ 24” 18.31 Canes Venatici
2018 Dec 13 13h 00m 00s +43° 54’ 29” 18.31 Canes Venatici
2018 Dec 14 13h 00m 11s +43° 56’ 39” 18.31 Canes Venatici
2018 Dec 15 13h 00m 20s +43° 58’ 57” 18.31 Canes Venatici
2018 Dec 16 13h 00m 29s +44° 01’ 22” 18.32 Canes Venatici

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 26 June 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457931.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99942916
Orbit inclination i 72.55804603°
Perihelion distance q 3.19910859 AU
478,579,835 km
Aphelion distance Q 11,205.18601804 AU
1,676,271,972,458 km
Semi-major axis a 5,604.19256332 AU
838,375,276,146 km
Orbital period period 419,544.2500 years
153,238,538.4325 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Sep-16 14:21:58
2,458,013.0986 JD
Next perihelion transit 421570-Jul-31 00:44
155,696,551.5311 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 55.955511837464°
Longitude of the ascending node node 354.03215115382°
Mean anomaly M 359.99980830219°
Mean motion n 0.00000235°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2017-Sep-21
Distance of closest approach* 2.76490395 AU
413,623,744 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.