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Comet C/2017 K6 (Jacques)

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Comet C/2017 K6 (Jacques) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2017 K6 (Jacques) is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.

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Comet C/2017 K6 (Jacques) in Auriga on August, 18 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
07h 28m 56s
+36° 38’ 50”
 = 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 K6 (Jacques) Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet C/2017 K6 (Jacques) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 53.4°
Max altitude: 75.2°
Azimuth: 306.6°

Comet C/2017 K6 (Jacques) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2017 K6 (Jacques) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2017 K6 (Jacques) 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 K6 (Jacques)
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Comet C/2017 K6 (Jacques) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2017 K6 (Jacques) 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 K6 (Jacques) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Aug 11 07h 17m 52s +35° 42’ 56” 18.70 Auriga
2018 Aug 12 07h 19m 18s +35° 50’ 08” 18.71 Auriga
2018 Aug 13 07h 20m 45s +35° 57’ 20” 18.72 Auriga
2018 Aug 14 07h 22m 12s +36° 04’ 33” 18.73 Auriga
2018 Aug 15 07h 23m 38s +36° 11’ 45” 18.74 Auriga
2018 Aug 16 07h 25m 03s +36° 18’ 59” 18.75 Auriga
2018 Aug 17 07h 26m 27s +36° 26’ 12” 18.76 Auriga
2018 Aug 18 07h 27m 52s +36° 33’ 26” 18.77 Auriga
2018 Aug 19 07h 29m 17s +36° 40’ 41” 18.78 Auriga
2018 Aug 20 07h 30m 42s +36° 47’ 57” 18.79 Lynx
2018 Aug 21 07h 32m 06s +36° 55’ 13” 18.80 Lynx
2018 Aug 22 07h 33m 29s +37° 02’ 30” 18.81 Lynx
2018 Aug 23 07h 34m 51s +37° 09’ 47” 18.82 Lynx
2018 Aug 24 07h 36m 15s +37° 17’ 08” 18.82 Lynx

Distance of Comet C/2017 K6 (Jacques) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2017 K6 (Jacques) 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 K6 (Jacques) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/2017 K6 (Jacques) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet C/2017 K6 (Jacques)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2017 K6 (Jacques), 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 K6 (Jacques) between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet C/2017 K6 (Jacques) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2017 K6 (Jacques) at epoch 19 November 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458077.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99819290
Orbit inclination i 57.25082898°
Perihelion distance q 2.00275796 AU
299,608,327 km
Aphelion distance Q 2,214.54344646 AU
331,290,984,828 km
Semi-major axis a 1,108.27310221 AU
165,795,296,577 km
Orbital period period 36,895.9200 years
13,476,236.2653 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Jan-03 03:19:51
2,458,121.6388 JD
Next perihelion transit 38914-Sep-09 09:41
15,934,357.9041 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 303.83906951351°
Longitude of the ascending node node 85.054907609884°
Mean anomaly M 359.99882088996°
Mean motion n 0.00002671°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2017-Dec-17
Distance of closest approach* 1.82153708 AU
272,498,070 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.