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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 Musca on May, 26 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
12h 13m 42s
-67° 27’ 30”
 = 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/2017 B3 (LINEAR) Rise and Set Times

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

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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 May 19 15.64 12h 22m 27s -67° 48’ 32” Musca
2018 May 20 15.64 12h 21m 06s -67° 45’ 56” Musca
2018 May 21 15.63 12h 19m 45s -67° 43’ 11” Musca
2018 May 22 15.63 12h 18m 29s -67° 40’ 18” Musca
2018 May 23 15.62 12h 17m 13s -67° 37’ 18” Musca
2018 May 24 15.62 12h 16m 00s -67° 34’ 09” Musca
2018 May 25 15.61 12h 14m 51s -67° 30’ 54” Musca
2018 May 26 15.61 12h 13m 42s -67° 27’ 30” Musca
2018 May 27 15.60 12h 12m 37s -67° 24’ 02” Musca
2018 May 28 15.60 12h 11m 34s -67° 20’ 27” Musca
2018 May 29 15.59 12h 10m 32s -67° 16’ 46” Musca
2018 May 30 15.59 12h 09m 34s -67° 13’ 01” Musca
2018 May 31 15.58 12h 08m 39s -67° 09’ 11” Musca
2018 Jun 01 15.58 12h 07m 45s -67° 05’ 17” Musca

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 24 April 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457868.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00232232
Orbit inclination i 54.21500217°
Perihelion distance q 3.92634817 AU
587,373,327 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 00:52:48
2,458,516.5367 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 284.59468117539°
Longitude of the ascending node node 2.2177935114022°
Mean anomaly M -0.009187654751259°
Mean motion n 0.00001418°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2019-Aug-20
Distance of closest approach* 3.48026927 AU
520,640,874 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.