Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR)
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) 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!
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.
|2018 Feb 17||16.51||14h 11m 53s||-57° 04’ 36”||Centaurus|
|2018 Feb 18||16.50||14h 11m 50s||-57° 17’ 47”||Centaurus|
|2018 Feb 19||16.49||14h 11m 48s||-57° 30’ 56”||Centaurus|
|2018 Feb 20||16.48||14h 11m 43s||-57° 44’ 03”||Centaurus|
|2018 Feb 21||16.47||14h 11m 36s||-57° 57’ 10”||Centaurus|
|2018 Feb 22||16.46||14h 11m 29s||-58° 10’ 14”||Centaurus|
|2018 Feb 23||16.44||14h 11m 20s||-58° 23’ 17”||Centaurus|
|2018 Feb 24||16.43||14h 11m 08s||-58° 36’ 16”||Centaurus|
|2018 Feb 25||16.42||14h 10m 55s||-58° 49’ 14”||Centaurus|
|2018 Feb 26||16.41||14h 10m 41s||-59° 02’ 11”||Centaurus|
|2018 Feb 27||16.40||14h 10m 26s||-59° 15’ 03”||Centaurus|
|2018 Feb 28||16.39||14h 10m 09s||-59° 27’ 54”||Centaurus|
|2018 Mar 01||16.37||14h 09m 50s||-59° 40’ 41”||Centaurus|
|2018 Mar 02||16.36||14h 09m 29s||-59° 53’ 24”||Centaurus|
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.
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.
Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) at epoch 26 March 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457839.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||3.92732626 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2019-Feb-02 01:29:27
|Argument of perihelion||peri||284.57986368398°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||2.219913074166°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2019-Aug-20|
|Distance of closest approach*||3.48031208 AU
* 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.