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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 Cepheus on February, 24 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
21h 16m 45s
+71° 17’ 26”
 = 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 10:59 UTC (altitude: 70.2°)

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 Feb 17 15.94 21h 05m 22s +69° 32’ 36” Cepheus
2018 Feb 18 15.95 21h 06m 56s +69° 47’ 03” Cepheus
2018 Feb 19 15.96 21h 08m 31s +70° 01’ 41” Cepheus
2018 Feb 20 15.97 21h 10m 08s +70° 16’ 28” Cepheus
2018 Feb 21 15.97 21h 11m 45s +70° 31’ 27” Cepheus
2018 Feb 22 15.98 21h 13m 23s +70° 46’ 36” Cepheus
2018 Feb 23 15.99 21h 15m 03s +71° 01’ 55” Cepheus
2018 Feb 24 16.00 21h 16m 45s +71° 17’ 26” Cepheus
2018 Feb 25 16.00 21h 18m 27s +71° 33’ 05” Cepheus
2018 Feb 26 16.01 21h 20m 09s +71° 48’ 55” Cepheus
2018 Feb 27 16.02 21h 21m 56s +72° 04’ 53” Cepheus
2018 Feb 28 16.03 21h 23m 41s +72° 21’ 02” Cepheus
2018 Mar 01 16.04 21h 25m 30s +72° 37’ 18” Cepheus
2018 Mar 02 16.04 21h 27m 20s +72° 53’ 44” Cepheus

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 27 April 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457871.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99946562
Orbit inclination i 72.55928096°
Perihelion distance q 3.19907547 AU
478,574,879 km
Aphelion distance Q 11,969.78481484 AU
1,790,654,324,629 km
Semi-major axis a 5,986.49194515 AU
895,566,449,754 km
Orbital period period 463,198.1400 years
169,183,120.3309 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Sep-16 14:30:22
2,458,013.1044 JD
Next perihelion transit 465225-May-11 22:26
171,641,133.4353 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 55.95704410471°
Longitude of the ascending node node 354.03288477077°
Mean anomaly M 359.99969868393°
Mean motion n 0.00000213°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2017-Sep-21
Distance of closest approach* 2.76489060 AU
413,621,748 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.