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Comet C/2017 M4 (ATLAS)

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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.

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Comet C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) in Draco on September, 22 2017
18h 33m 34s
+60° 54’ 25”
17.49
 = 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 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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet C/2017 M4 (ATLAS)
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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.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
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.

Distance of Comet C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) between January 2013 and December 2075

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

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00137182
Orbit inclination i 105.65785995°
Perihelion distance q 3.25220913 AU
486,523,562 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Jan-18 04:56:32
2,458,501.7059 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 167.62941117811°
Longitude of the ascending node node 65.865354489408°
Mean anomaly M -0.0047235471028857°
Mean motion n 0.00000854°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2019-May-14
Distance of closest approach* 2.48074872 AU
371,114,727 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.