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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 Camelopardalis on May, 25 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
09h 23m 21s
+78° 08’ 27”
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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 17:10 UTC (altitude: 63.3°)

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
2018 May 18 16.66 09h 00m 20s +80° 26’ 57” Camelopardalis
2018 May 19 16.67 09h 04m 05s +80° 07’ 13” Camelopardalis
2018 May 20 16.68 09h 07m 38s +79° 47’ 26” Camelopardalis
2018 May 21 16.69 09h 11m 03s +79° 27’ 38” Camelopardalis
2018 May 22 16.70 09h 14m 18s +79° 07’ 50” Camelopardalis
2018 May 23 16.71 09h 17m 26s +78° 48’ 02” Camelopardalis
2018 May 24 16.73 09h 20m 27s +78° 28’ 14” Camelopardalis
2018 May 25 16.74 09h 23m 21s +78° 08’ 27” Camelopardalis
2018 May 26 16.75 09h 26m 08s +77° 48’ 41” Draco
2018 May 27 16.76 09h 28m 50s +77° 28’ 55” Draco
2018 May 28 16.77 09h 31m 27s +77° 09’ 11” Draco
2018 May 29 16.78 09h 34m 00s +76° 49’ 28” Draco
2018 May 30 16.79 09h 36m 28s +76° 29’ 48” Draco
2018 May 31 16.80 09h 38m 51s +76° 10’ 09” 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 May 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457879.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99945738
Orbit inclination i 72.55908942°
Perihelion distance q 3.19907951 AU
478,575,483 km
Aphelion distance Q 11,788.05592357 AU
1,763,468,069,395 km
Semi-major axis a 5,895.62750154 AU
881,973,322,439 km
Orbital period period 452,692.4600 years
165,345,919.2472 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Sep-16 14:29:37
2,458,013.1039 JD
Next perihelion transit 454719-Jun-18 20:25
167,803,932.3511 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 55.956855159188°
Longitude of the ascending node node 354.03279753855°
Mean anomaly M 359.99970911042°
Mean motion n 0.00000218°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2017-Sep-21
Distance of closest approach* 2.76489012 AU
413,621,676 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.