Comet C/2017 M4 (ATLAS)
Comet C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2017 M4 (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.
Comet C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) Rise and Set Times
Comet C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) is circumpolar from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] and transits at 18:26 UTC (altitude: 80.6°)
Comet C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2017 M4 (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 M4 (ATLAS) Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2017 M4 (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 M4 (ATLAS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2017 Sep 15||17.53||18h 39m 21s||+62° 40’ 08”||Draco|
|2017 Sep 16||17.53||18h 38m 25s||+62° 25’ 18”||Draco|
|2017 Sep 17||17.52||18h 37m 31s||+62° 10’ 23”||Draco|
|2017 Sep 18||17.52||18h 36m 39s||+61° 55’ 22”||Draco|
|2017 Sep 19||17.51||18h 35m 49s||+61° 40’ 14”||Draco|
|2017 Sep 20||17.50||18h 35m 03s||+61° 25’ 02”||Draco|
|2017 Sep 21||17.50||18h 34m 18s||+61° 09’ 46”||Draco|
|2017 Sep 22||17.49||18h 33m 34s||+60° 54’ 25”||Draco|
|2017 Sep 23||17.49||18h 32m 54s||+60° 39’ 01”||Draco|
|2017 Sep 24||17.48||18h 32m 16s||+60° 23’ 31”||Draco|
|2017 Sep 25||17.47||18h 31m 40s||+60° 08’ 00”||Draco|
|2017 Sep 26||17.47||18h 31m 05s||+59° 52’ 26”||Draco|
|2017 Sep 27||17.46||18h 30m 33s||+59° 36’ 48”||Draco|
|2017 Sep 28||17.46||18h 30m 02s||+59° 21’ 08”||Draco|
Distance of Comet C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2017 M4 (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.
Light Curve of Comet C/2017 M4 (ATLAS)
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2017 M4 (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 M4 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) at epoch 13 July 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457948.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||3.25220913 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2019-Jan-18 04:56:32
|Argument of perihelion||peri||167.62941117811°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||65.865354489408°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2019-May-14|
|Distance of closest approach*||2.48074872 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.