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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.

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 K6 (Jacques) in Hydrus on November, 24 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
01h 25m 50s
-67° 50’ 45”
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 = 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

Comet C/2017 K6 (Jacques) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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
2017 Nov 17 15.25 01h 28m 19s -71° 05’ 35” Hydrus
2017 Nov 18 15.24 01h 27m 46s -70° 39’ 18” Hydrus
2017 Nov 19 15.23 01h 27m 16s -70° 12’ 29” Hydrus
2017 Nov 20 15.22 01h 26m 52s -69° 45’ 08” Hydrus
2017 Nov 21 15.21 01h 26m 30s -69° 17’ 17” Hydrus
2017 Nov 22 15.20 01h 26m 13s -68° 48’ 56” Hydrus
2017 Nov 23 15.19 01h 26m 00s -68° 20’ 05” Hydrus
2017 Nov 24 15.18 01h 25m 50s -67° 50’ 45” Hydrus
2017 Nov 25 15.17 01h 25m 44s -67° 20’ 56” Hydrus
2017 Nov 26 15.17 01h 25m 41s -66° 50’ 36” Hydrus
2017 Nov 27 15.16 01h 25m 41s -66° 19’ 49” Hydrus
2017 Nov 28 15.15 01h 25m 44s -65° 48’ 33” Hydrus
2017 Nov 29 15.14 01h 25m 50s -65° 16’ 49” Hydrus
2017 Nov 30 15.13 01h 25m 59s -64° 44’ 36” Hydrus

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 09 July 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457944.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99810013
Orbit inclination i 57.25118512°
Perihelion distance q 2.00279406 AU
299,613,728 km
Aphelion distance Q 2,106.34585812 AU
315,104,855,965 km
Semi-major axis a 1,054.17432609 AU
157,702,234,846 km
Orbital period period 34,227.6300 years
12,501,642.6088 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Jan-03 03:26:03
2,458,121.6431 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 303.83797609758°
Longitude of the ascending node node 85.056538642154°
Mean anomaly M 359.99489894918°
Mean motion n 0.00002880°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2017-Dec-17
Distance of closest approach* 1.82158217 AU
272,504,815 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.