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Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon)

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Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) Position

Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) is currently in the constellation of Fornax. The current Right Ascension is 03h 46m 40s and the Declination is -30° 37’ 46”.

03h 46m 40s
-30° 37’ 46”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) in Fornax on October, 15 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2017 S6 (Lemmon)
RA: 03h 46m 40s
Dec: -30° 37’ 46”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon)
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Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) from Earth is currently 1,295,249,374 kilometers, equivalent to 8.658207 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 12 minutes and 0.4869 seconds to travel from Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) and arrive to us.

1 hours, 12 minutes and 0.4869 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Distance of Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of C/2017 S6 (Lemmon) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) to Earth happens on Sun Dec 18 2016 at a distance of 6.69809168 Astronomical Units, or 1,002,020,256 kilometers:

Sun Dec 18 2016

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) is 21.07.


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.

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon), 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 S7 (Lemmon) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 120.7°
Max altitude: 7.9°
Azimuth: 239.4°
Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) at epoch 16 November 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458074.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00250628
Orbit inclination i 124.22477833°
Perihelion distance q 7.61440680 AU
1,139,099,047 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-May-27 21:03:37
2,457,901.3775 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 187.74678357639°
Longitude of the ascending node node 262.78842728772°
Mean anomaly M 0.0010189369527004°
Mean motion n 0.00000589°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) 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 S7 (Lemmon)
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Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2017 S7 (Lemmon) 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 S7 (Lemmon) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Oct 08 03h 50m 30s -29° 48’ 33” 21.06 Eridanus
2019 Oct 09 03h 50m 00s -29° 55’ 17” 21.06 Fornax
2019 Oct 10 03h 49m 32s -30° 01’ 58” 21.06 Fornax
2019 Oct 11 03h 49m 01s -30° 08’ 35” 21.07 Fornax
2019 Oct 12 03h 48m 30s -30° 15’ 09” 21.07 Fornax
2019 Oct 13 03h 47m 59s -30° 21’ 38” 21.07 Fornax
2019 Oct 14 03h 47m 29s -30° 28’ 05” 21.07 Fornax
2019 Oct 15 03h 46m 57s -30° 34’ 27” 21.07 Fornax
2019 Oct 16 03h 46m 24s -30° 40’ 45” 21.07 Fornax
2019 Oct 17 03h 45m 51s -30° 46’ 58” 21.07 Fornax
2019 Oct 18 03h 45m 20s -30° 53’ 08” 21.07 Fornax
2019 Oct 19 03h 44m 45s -30° 59’ 12” 21.08 Fornax
2019 Oct 20 03h 44m 12s -31° 05’ 12” 21.08 Fornax
2019 Oct 21 03h 43m 39s -31° 11’ 08” 21.08 Fornax