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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 Ursa Major on April, 21 2019
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
12h 02m 42s
+28° 24’ 03”

The Observed Magnitude and Coma Diameter values are derived from the Comet Observers Database by averaging the values reported in recent observations (more recent than 4 days), when available. The Estimated Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behvior of comets. When available please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Estimated Magnitude as a directional indication. We acknowledge with thanks the comet observations from the COBS Comet Observation Database contributed by observers worldwide and used in this table to report recent comet observations.

Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 61.6°
Max altitude: 66.9°
Azimuth: 298.4°

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)
View Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) in the 3D Solar System Simulator

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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Apr 14 12h 06m 48s +28° 38’ 25” 21.90 Coma
2019 Apr 15 12h 06m 15s +28° 36’ 56” 21.91 Ursa Major
2019 Apr 16 12h 05m 43s +28° 35’ 20” 21.92 Ursa Major
2019 Apr 17 12h 05m 09s +28° 33’ 38” 21.93 Ursa Major
2019 Apr 18 12h 04m 37s +28° 31’ 50” 21.95 Ursa Major
2019 Apr 19 12h 04m 06s +28° 29’ 56” 21.96 Ursa Major
2019 Apr 20 12h 03m 36s +28° 27’ 55” 21.97 Ursa Major
2019 Apr 21 12h 03m 06s +28° 25’ 47” 21.98 Ursa Major
2019 Apr 22 12h 02m 35s +28° 23’ 35” 21.99 Ursa Major
2019 Apr 23 12h 02m 07s +28° 21’ 16” 22.00 Ursa Major
2019 Apr 24 12h 01m 37s +28° 18’ 52” 22.01 Ursa Major
2019 Apr 25 12h 01m 09s +28° 16’ 22” 22.02 Coma
2019 Apr 26 12h 00m 42s +28° 13’ 46” 22.03 Coma
2019 Apr 27 12h 00m 15s +28° 11’ 04” 22.05 Coma

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 2100

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 2100

Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) at epoch 11 October 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458038.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99642268
Orbit inclination i 39.84838169°
Perihelion distance q 1.49868633 AU
224,200,284 km
Aphelion distance Q 836.38289162 AU
125,121,099,927 km
Semi-major axis a 418.94078897 AU
62,672,650,106 km
Orbital period period 8,575.0600 years
3,132,040.6950 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Oct-14 18:50:44
2,458,041.2852 JD
Next perihelion transit 10593-Jan-08 11:31
5,590,081.9802 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 20.90788998889°
Longitude of the ascending node node 25.809469041478°
Mean anomaly M 359.99967986211°
Mean motion n 0.00011494°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2017-Oct-18
Distance of closest approach* 0.71974600 AU
107,672,470 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2100-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.