Comet C/2017 S6 (Catalina)
Comet C/2017 S6 (Catalina) Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2017 S6 (Catalina) 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 S6 (Catalina) Rise and Set Times
Today's Comet C/2017 S6 (Catalina) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.
Comet C/2017 S6 (Catalina) Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2017 S6 (Catalina) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2017 S6 (Catalina) 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 S6 (Catalina) Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2017 S6 (Catalina) 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 S6 (Catalina) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2018 May 19||17.35||22h 40m 57s||-11° 22’ 11”||Aquarius|
|2018 May 20||17.35||22h 39m 47s||-11° 46’ 55”||Aquarius|
|2018 May 21||17.35||22h 38m 32s||-12° 12’ 20”||Aquarius|
|2018 May 22||17.35||22h 37m 15s||-12° 38’ 24”||Aquarius|
|2018 May 23||17.36||22h 35m 54s||-13° 05’ 09”||Aquarius|
|2018 May 24||17.36||22h 34m 29s||-13° 32’ 39”||Aquarius|
|2018 May 25||17.36||22h 33m 01s||-14° 00’ 51”||Aquarius|
|2018 May 26||17.36||22h 31m 27s||-14° 29’ 47”||Aquarius|
|2018 May 27||17.37||22h 29m 49s||-14° 59’ 29”||Aquarius|
|2018 May 28||17.37||22h 28m 08s||-15° 29’ 57”||Aquarius|
|2018 May 29||17.37||22h 26m 21s||-16° 01’ 10”||Aquarius|
|2018 May 30||17.37||22h 24m 29s||-16° 33’ 11”||Aquarius|
|2018 May 31||17.38||22h 22m 32s||-17° 06’ 00”||Aquarius|
|2018 Jun 01||17.38||22h 20m 30s||-17° 39’ 37”||Aquarius|
Distance of Comet C/2017 S6 (Catalina) from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2017 S6 (Catalina) 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 S6 (Catalina) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet C/2017 S6 (Catalina)
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2017 S6 (Catalina), 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 S6 (Catalina) Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2017 S6 (Catalina) at epoch 16 November 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458074.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||1.54291924 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2018-Feb-26 22:24:46
|Argument of perihelion||peri||134.68625464194°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||130.87308565249°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2017-Nov-27|
|Distance of closest approach*||1.21167828 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.