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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 Aquarius. The current Right Ascension is 23h 35m 04s and the Declination is -16° 09’ 26”.

23h 35m 04s
-16° 09’ 26”

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 full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) in Aquarius on February, 19 2020
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2017 B3 (LINEAR)
RA: 23h 35m 04s
Dec: -16° 09’ 26”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR)
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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 896,227,733 kilometers, equivalent to 5.990912 Astronomical Units. Light takes 49 minutes and 49.4939 seconds to travel from Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) and arrive to us.

49 minutes and 49.4939 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 3.48026538 Astronomical Units, or 520,640,291 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 17.01.


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 behavior 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

Today's Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 106.2°
Max altitude: 22.4°
Azimuth: 253.9°
Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric 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 26 October 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458418.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00210950
Orbit inclination i 54.17863139°
Perihelion distance q 3.92118272 AU
586,600,587 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 11:11:11
2,458,516.9661 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 284.74164635213°
Longitude of the ascending node node 2.1793207211396°
Mean anomaly M -0.0012109705422488°
Mean motion n 0.00001230°/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
2020 Feb 12 23h 30m 01s -17° 22’ 09” 16.94 Aquarius
2020 Feb 13 23h 30m 42s -17° 12’ 11” 16.95 Aquarius
2020 Feb 14 23h 31m 23s -17° 02’ 17” 16.96 Aquarius
2020 Feb 15 23h 32m 03s -16° 52’ 26” 16.97 Aquarius
2020 Feb 16 23h 32m 44s -16° 42’ 36” 16.98 Aquarius
2020 Feb 17 23h 33m 25s -16° 32’ 48” 16.99 Aquarius
2020 Feb 18 23h 34m 06s -16° 23’ 02” 17.00 Aquarius
2020 Feb 19 23h 34m 47s -16° 13’ 18” 17.01 Aquarius
2020 Feb 20 23h 35m 30s -16° 03’ 38” 17.02 Aquarius
2020 Feb 21 23h 36m 11s -15° 53’ 57” 17.02 Aquarius
2020 Feb 22 23h 36m 52s -15° 44’ 21” 17.03 Aquarius
2020 Feb 23 23h 37m 33s -15° 34’ 46” 17.04 Aquarius
2020 Feb 24 23h 38m 14s -15° 25’ 14” 17.05 Aquarius
2020 Feb 25 23h 38m 57s -15° 15’ 43” 17.06 Aquarius