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Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1)

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Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) 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 O1 (ASASSN1) in Lynx on April, 22 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
08h 29m 27s
+58° 55’ 10”
20.18
 = 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 O1 (ASASSN1) Rise and Set Times

Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) is circumpolar from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] and transits at 18:26 UTC (altitude: 82.6°)

Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) 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 O1 (ASASSN1)
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Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) 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 O1 (ASASSN1) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Apr 15 19.90 08h 16m 33s +60° 59’ 44” Ursa Major
2018 Apr 16 19.94 08h 18m 26s +60° 41’ 44” Ursa Major
2018 Apr 17 19.98 08h 20m 18s +60° 23’ 48” Ursa Major
2018 Apr 18 20.02 08h 22m 09s +60° 05’ 57” Ursa Major
2018 Apr 19 20.06 08h 24m 01s +59° 48’ 10” Ursa Major
2018 Apr 20 20.10 08h 25m 50s +59° 30’ 25” Lynx
2018 Apr 21 20.14 08h 27m 39s +59° 12’ 47” Lynx
2018 Apr 22 20.18 08h 29m 27s +58° 55’ 10” Lynx
2018 Apr 23 20.22 08h 31m 15s +58° 37’ 38” Lynx
2018 Apr 24 20.25 08h 33m 02s +58° 20’ 12” Lynx
2018 Apr 25 20.29 08h 34m 49s +58° 02’ 48” Lynx
2018 Apr 26 20.33 08h 36m 34s +57° 45’ 29” Ursa Major
2018 Apr 27 20.37 08h 38m 20s +57° 28’ 14” Ursa Major
2018 Apr 28 20.41 08h 40m 04s +57° 11’ 03” Ursa Major

Distance of Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) 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 O1 (ASASSN1) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1), 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 O1 (ASASSN1) between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) at epoch 07 October 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458034.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99641872
Orbit inclination i 39.84831944°
Perihelion distance q 1.49868490 AU
224,200,070 km
Aphelion distance Q 835.45512954 AU
124,982,308,695 km
Semi-major axis a 418.47690722 AU
62,603,254,382 km
Orbital period period 8,560.8200 years
3,126,840.0999 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Oct-14 18:50:52
2,458,041.2853 JD
Next perihelion transit 10578-Oct-13 21:14
5,584,881.3852 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 20.907954236586°
Longitude of the ascending node node 25.809430525021°
Mean anomaly M 359.99921879061°
Mean motion n 0.00011513°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2017-Oct-18
Distance of closest approach* 0.71974432 AU
107,672,218 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.