Comet C/2017 K4 (ATLAS)
Comet C/2017 K4 (ATLAS) Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2017 K4 (ATLAS) 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.
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 K4 (ATLAS) Rise and Set Times
Today's Comet C/2017 K4 (ATLAS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.
Comet C/2017 K4 (ATLAS) Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2017 K4 (ATLAS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2017 K4 (ATLAS) 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 K4 (ATLAS) Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2017 K4 (ATLAS) 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 K4 (ATLAS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2018 Dec 08||00h 34m 04s||+24° 59’ 32”||19.25||Andromeda|
|2018 Dec 09||00h 34m 17s||+24° 56’ 00”||19.27||Andromeda|
|2018 Dec 10||00h 34m 32s||+24° 52’ 33”||19.29||Andromeda|
|2018 Dec 11||00h 34m 46s||+24° 49’ 13”||19.32||Andromeda|
|2018 Dec 12||00h 35m 03s||+24° 45’ 57”||19.34||Andromeda|
|2018 Dec 13||00h 35m 20s||+24° 42’ 47”||19.36||Andromeda|
|2018 Dec 14||00h 35m 38s||+24° 39’ 45”||19.39||Andromeda|
|2018 Dec 15||00h 35m 57s||+24° 36’ 47”||19.41||Andromeda|
|2018 Dec 16||00h 36m 16s||+24° 33’ 55”||19.43||Andromeda|
|2018 Dec 17||00h 36m 38s||+24° 31’ 09”||19.46||Andromeda|
|2018 Dec 18||00h 36m 59s||+24° 28’ 28”||19.48||Andromeda|
|2018 Dec 19||00h 37m 22s||+24° 25’ 54”||19.50||Andromeda|
|2018 Dec 20||00h 37m 45s||+24° 23’ 26”||19.53||Andromeda|
|2018 Dec 21||00h 38m 08s||+24° 21’ 05”||19.55||Andromeda|
Distance of Comet C/2017 K4 (ATLAS) from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2017 K4 (ATLAS) 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 K4 (ATLAS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet C/2017 K4 (ATLAS)
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2017 K4 (ATLAS), 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 K4 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2017 K4 (ATLAS) at epoch 16 January 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458135.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||2.64807678 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2018-Jan-08 00:50:48
|Next perihelion transit||2167-Jan-25 12:34
|Argument of perihelion||peri||15.10946246398°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||298.89777111493°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2017-Jul-03|
|Distance of closest approach*||2.31072874 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.