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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 Pisces on January, 22 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
23h 00m 02s
-01° 27’ 37”
 = 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

Today's Comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 91.5°
Max altitude: 37.1°
Azimuth: 268.5°

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 Jan 15 16.12 22h 56m 44s -02° 43’ 35” Pisces
2017 Jan 16 16.12 22h 57m 11s -02° 32’ 50” Pisces
2017 Jan 17 16.11 22h 57m 38s -02° 22’ 05” Pisces
2017 Jan 18 16.11 22h 58m 06s -02° 11’ 17” Pisces
2017 Jan 19 16.11 22h 58m 35s -02° 00’ 25” Pisces
2017 Jan 20 16.10 22h 59m 03s -01° 49’ 32” Pisces
2017 Jan 21 16.10 22h 59m 32s -01° 38’ 35” Pisces
2017 Jan 22 16.09 23h 00m 02s -01° 27’ 37” Pisces
2017 Jan 23 16.09 23h 00m 33s -01° 16’ 36” Pisces
2017 Jan 24 16.09 23h 01m 04s -01° 05’ 31” Pisces
2017 Jan 25 16.08 23h 01m 35s -00° 54’ 25” Pisces
2017 Jan 26 16.08 23h 02m 07s -00° 43’ 17” Pisces
2017 Jan 27 16.07 23h 02m 39s -00° 32’ 04” Pisces
2017 Jan 28 16.07 23h 03m 11s -00° 20’ 50” Pisces

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 January 2030

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 January 2030

Comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER) at epoch 05 September 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457637.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99975611
Orbit inclination i 72.56339011°
Perihelion distance q 3.19880614 AU
478,534,588 km
Aphelion distance Q 26,227.87913425 AU
3,923,634,879,329 km
Semi-major axis a 13,115.53897019 AU
1,962,056,706,959 km
Orbital period period 1,502,060.4700 years
548,627,585.0244 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Sep-16 14:22:30
2,458,013.0990 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 55.963201339721°
Longitude of the ascending node node 354.0327054013°
Mean anomaly M 359.99975353841°
Mean motion n 0.00000066°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2017-Sep-21
Distance of closest approach* 2.76492247 AU
413,626,514 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2030-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.