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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 Taurus on May, 26 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
05h 16m 36s
+24° 16’ 23”
 = 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: 65.7°
Max altitude: 62.8°
Azimuth: 294.3°

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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 May 19 17.61 05h 05m 13s +22° 47’ 08” Taurus
2018 May 20 17.63 05h 06m 51s +23° 00’ 19” Taurus
2018 May 21 17.65 05h 08m 29s +23° 13’ 19” Taurus
2018 May 22 17.66 05h 10m 06s +23° 26’ 12” Taurus
2018 May 23 17.68 05h 11m 44s +23° 38’ 57” Taurus
2018 May 24 17.70 05h 13m 22s +23° 51’ 34” Taurus
2018 May 25 17.72 05h 15m 00s +24° 04’ 02” Taurus
2018 May 26 17.74 05h 16m 36s +24° 16’ 23” Taurus
2018 May 27 17.75 05h 18m 15s +24° 28’ 36” Taurus
2018 May 28 17.77 05h 19m 53s +24° 40’ 41” Taurus
2018 May 29 17.79 05h 21m 30s +24° 52’ 37” Taurus
2018 May 30 17.81 05h 23m 08s +25° 04’ 27” Taurus
2018 May 31 17.82 05h 24m 46s +25° 16’ 09” Taurus
2018 Jun 01 17.84 05h 26m 24s +25° 27’ 44” Taurus

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 13 November 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458071.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99818914
Orbit inclination i 57.25081474°
Perihelion distance q 2.00275715 AU
299,608,206 km
Aphelion distance Q 2,209.93333378 AU
330,601,321,786 km
Semi-major axis a 1,105.96804547 AU
165,450,464,996 km
Orbital period period 36,780.8800 years
13,434,215.0365 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Jan-03 03:20:13
2,458,121.6390 JD
Next perihelion transit 38799-Aug-22 04:12
15,892,336.6755 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 303.83913775167°
Longitude of the ascending node node 85.054982667759°
Mean anomaly M 359.99865641143°
Mean motion n 0.00002680°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2017-Dec-17
Distance of closest approach* 1.82153672 AU
272,498,016 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.