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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 Pegasus on March, 29 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
23h 44m 02s
+12° 25’ 23”
15.65
 = 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: 77.6°
Max altitude: 50.9°
Azimuth: 282.4°

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 Mar 22 15.72 23h 38m 47s +10° 45’ 23” Pegasus
2017 Mar 23 15.71 23h 39m 32s +10° 59’ 27” Pegasus
2017 Mar 24 15.70 23h 40m 17s +11° 13’ 36” Pegasus
2017 Mar 25 15.69 23h 41m 02s +11° 27’ 51” Pegasus
2017 Mar 26 15.68 23h 41m 47s +11° 42’ 07” Pegasus
2017 Mar 27 15.67 23h 42m 32s +11° 56’ 29” Pegasus
2017 Mar 28 15.66 23h 43m 17s +12° 10’ 54” Pegasus
2017 Mar 29 15.65 23h 44m 02s +12° 25’ 23” Pegasus
2017 Mar 30 15.64 23h 44m 48s +12° 39’ 56” Pegasus
2017 Mar 31 15.63 23h 45m 33s +12° 54’ 33” Pegasus
2017 Apr 01 15.63 23h 46m 18s +13° 09’ 15” Pegasus
2017 Apr 02 15.62 23h 47m 03s +13° 24’ 01” Pegasus
2017 Apr 03 15.61 23h 47m 48s +13° 38’ 49” Pegasus
2017 Apr 04 15.60 23h 48m 34s +13° 53’ 44” Pegasus

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.