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Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR)

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Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) 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/2017 B3 (LINEAR) in Pavo on December, 12 2018
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
18h 38m 56s
-67° 32’ 34”
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15.66
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The Observed Magnitude and Coma Diameter values are derived from the Comet Observers Database by averaging the values reported in recent observations (more recent than 4 days), when available. The Estimated Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behvior of comets. When available please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Estimated Magnitude as a directional indication. We acknowledge with thanks the comet observations from the COBS Comet Observation Database contributed by observers worldwide and used in this table to report recent comet observations.

Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) Rise and Set Times

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Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) 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/2017 B3 (LINEAR)
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Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Dec 05 18h 10m 13s -68° 04’ 59” 15.66 Apus
2018 Dec 06 18h 14m 03s -68° 01’ 18” 15.66 Pavo
2018 Dec 07 18h 17m 53s -67° 57’ 24” 15.66 Pavo
2018 Dec 08 18h 21m 42s -67° 53’ 21” 15.66 Pavo
2018 Dec 09 18h 25m 31s -67° 49’ 05” 15.66 Pavo
2018 Dec 10 18h 29m 18s -67° 44’ 39” 15.66 Pavo
2018 Dec 11 18h 33m 06s -67° 40’ 04” 15.66 Pavo
2018 Dec 12 18h 36m 51s -67° 35’ 17” 15.66 Pavo
2018 Dec 13 18h 40m 36s -67° 30’ 20” 15.66 Pavo
2018 Dec 14 18h 44m 21s -67° 25’ 12” 15.66 Pavo
2018 Dec 15 18h 48m 03s -67° 19’ 53” 15.66 Pavo
2018 Dec 16 18h 51m 46s -67° 14’ 25” 15.66 Pavo
2018 Dec 17 18h 55m 27s -67° 08’ 45” 15.66 Pavo
2018 Dec 18 18h 59m 05s -67° 02’ 57” 15.66 Pavo

Distance of Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) 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/2017 B3 (LINEAR) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR), 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/2017 B3 (LINEAR) between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) at epoch 27 August 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457993.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00232165
Orbit inclination i 54.19753433°
Perihelion distance q 3.92361265 AU
586,964,100 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Feb-02 03:36:53
2,458,516.6506 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 284.65351969337°
Longitude of the ascending node node 2.2054923558564°
Mean anomaly M -0.0074215656197361°
Mean motion n 0.00001419°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2019-Aug-20
Distance of closest approach* 3.48028058 AU
520,642,565 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.