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Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR)

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Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) Position

Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) is currently in the constellation of Phoenix. The current Right Ascension is 23h 57m 05s and the Declination is -45° 59’ 37”.

23h 57m 05s
-45° 59’ 37”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) in Phoenix on August, 23 2019
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Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2017 B3 (LINEAR)
RA: 23h 57m 05s
Dec: -45° 59’ 37”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) from Earth is currently 520,951,708 kilometers, equivalent to 3.482347 Astronomical Units. Light takes 28 minutes and 57.7079 seconds to travel from Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) and arrive to us.

28 minutes and 57.7079 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Distance of Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) to Earth happens on Tue Aug 20 2019 at a distance of 3.48028082 Astronomical Units, or 520,642,601 kilometers:

Tue Aug 20 2019

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) is 15.44.


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.

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 2100

Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) at epoch 29 September 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458026.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00229994
Orbit inclination i 54.19350865°
Perihelion distance q 3.92315414 AU
586,895,507 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 04:26:12
2,458,516.6849 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 284.66575429057°
Longitude of the ascending node node 2.2019157498969°
Mean anomaly M -0.0068578291350723°
Mean motion n 0.00001399°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) Orbit

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) 15 Days 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
2019 Aug 16 00h 05m 44s -46° 05’ 39” 15.41 Phoenix
2019 Aug 17 00h 04m 41s -46° 05’ 27” 15.41 Phoenix
2019 Aug 18 00h 03m 38s -46° 05’ 07” 15.41 Phoenix
2019 Aug 19 00h 02m 35s -46° 04’ 36” 15.42 Phoenix
2019 Aug 20 00h 01m 31s -46° 03’ 56” 15.42 Phoenix
2019 Aug 21 00h 00m 24s -46° 03’ 06” 15.42 Phoenix
2019 Aug 22 23h 59m 18s -46° 02’ 07” 15.43 Phoenix
2019 Aug 23 23h 58m 11s -46° 00’ 56” 15.43 Phoenix
2019 Aug 24 23h 57m 03s -45° 59’ 35” 15.44 Phoenix
2019 Aug 25 23h 55m 55s -45° 58’ 05” 15.44 Phoenix
2019 Aug 26 23h 54m 47s -45° 56’ 22” 15.45 Phoenix
2019 Aug 27 23h 53m 38s -45° 54’ 29” 15.45 Phoenix
2019 Aug 28 23h 52m 27s -45° 52’ 24” 15.45 Phoenix
2019 Aug 29 23h 51m 18s -45° 50’ 08” 15.46 Phoenix