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
Comet C/2017 S6 (Catalina) is circumpolar from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] and transits at 18:02 UTC (altitude: 79.6°)
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.
|2017 Dec 05||16.25||23h 56m 13s||+49° 01’ 09”||Cassiopeia|
|2017 Dec 06||16.25||23h 51m 25s||+47° 51’ 38”||Andromeda|
|2017 Dec 07||16.24||23h 46m 58s||+46° 42’ 25”||Andromeda|
|2017 Dec 08||16.23||23h 42m 48s||+45° 33’ 42”||Andromeda|
|2017 Dec 09||16.23||23h 38m 56s||+44° 25’ 40”||Andromeda|
|2017 Dec 10||16.22||23h 35m 20s||+43° 18’ 25”||Andromeda|
|2017 Dec 11||16.22||23h 31m 59s||+42° 12’ 09”||Andromeda|
|2017 Dec 12||16.22||23h 28m 50s||+41° 06’ 54”||Andromeda|
|2017 Dec 13||16.22||23h 25m 55s||+40° 02’ 48”||Andromeda|
|2017 Dec 14||16.22||23h 23m 12s||+38° 59’ 56”||Andromeda|
|2017 Dec 15||16.22||23h 20m 41s||+37° 58’ 20”||Andromeda|
|2017 Dec 16||16.22||23h 18m 20s||+36° 58’ 05”||Andromeda|
|2017 Dec 17||16.22||23h 16m 08s||+35° 59’ 12”||Andromeda|
|2017 Dec 18||16.23||23h 14m 04s||+35° 01’ 44”||Pegasus|
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 25 October 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458052.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||1.54298217 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2018-Feb-26 22:05:37
|Argument of perihelion||peri||134.67983654542°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||130.87340130264°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2017-Nov-27|
|Distance of closest approach*||1.21170413 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.