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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.

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Comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER) in Ursa Major on August, 17 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
11h 32m 38s
+54° 36’ 23”
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 = 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 13:49 UTC (altitude: 86.9°)

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 Aug 10 11h 24m 36s +56° 10’ 32” 17.62 Ursa Major
2018 Aug 11 11h 25m 44s +55° 57’ 10” 17.63 Ursa Major
2018 Aug 12 11h 26m 50s +55° 43’ 53” 17.64 Ursa Major
2018 Aug 13 11h 27m 57s +55° 30’ 42” 17.65 Ursa Major
2018 Aug 14 11h 29m 04s +55° 17’ 39” 17.66 Ursa Major
2018 Aug 15 11h 30m 11s +55° 04’ 41” 17.67 Ursa Major
2018 Aug 16 11h 31m 18s +54° 51’ 51” 17.67 Ursa Major
2018 Aug 17 11h 32m 23s +54° 39’ 09” 17.68 Ursa Major
2018 Aug 18 11h 33m 29s +54° 26’ 31” 17.69 Ursa Major
2018 Aug 19 11h 34m 33s +54° 14’ 02” 17.70 Ursa Major
2018 Aug 20 11h 35m 39s +54° 01’ 37” 17.71 Ursa Major
2018 Aug 21 11h 36m 43s +53° 49’ 22” 17.72 Ursa Major
2018 Aug 22 11h 37m 48s +53° 37’ 11” 17.73 Ursa Major
2018 Aug 23 11h 38m 52s +53° 25’ 08” 17.73 Ursa Major

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 19 May 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457893.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99944265
Orbit inclination i 72.55876590°
Perihelion distance q 3.19908703 AU
478,576,609 km
Aphelion distance Q 11,476.47494130 AU
1,716,856,217,804 km
Semi-major axis a 5,739.83701417 AU
858,667,397,207 km
Orbital period period 434,868.0900 years
158,835,570.6595 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Sep-16 14:27:50
2,458,013.1027 JD
Next perihelion transit 436894-Sep-24 06:17
161,293,583.7621 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 55.956484698475°
Longitude of the ascending node node 354.0326309423°
Mean anomaly M 359.99972892117°
Mean motion n 0.00000227°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2017-Sep-21
Distance of closest approach* 2.76489108 AU
413,621,820 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.