Comet C/2017 T3 (ATLAS)
Comet C/2017 T3 (ATLAS) Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2017 T3 (ATLAS) 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 T3 (ATLAS) Rise and Set Times
Comet C/2017 T3 (ATLAS) is circumpolar from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] and transits at 15:09 UTC (altitude: 88.6°)
Comet C/2017 T3 (ATLAS) Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2017 T3 (ATLAS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2017 T3 (ATLAS) 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 T3 (ATLAS) Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2017 T3 (ATLAS) 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 T3 (ATLAS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2018 Jan 16||16.78||23h 08m 21s||+52° 11’ 29”||Andromeda|
|2018 Jan 17||16.77||23h 10m 10s||+51° 53’ 18”||Andromeda|
|2018 Jan 18||16.76||23h 12m 01s||+51° 35’ 17”||Andromeda|
|2018 Jan 19||16.74||23h 13m 51s||+51° 17’ 22”||Andromeda|
|2018 Jan 20||16.73||23h 15m 42s||+50° 59’ 35”||Andromeda|
|2018 Jan 21||16.72||23h 17m 33s||+50° 41’ 57”||Andromeda|
|2018 Jan 22||16.70||23h 19m 23s||+50° 24’ 26”||Andromeda|
|2018 Jan 23||16.69||23h 21m 15s||+50° 07’ 04”||Andromeda|
|2018 Jan 24||16.68||23h 23m 06s||+49° 49’ 49”||Andromeda|
|2018 Jan 25||16.66||23h 24m 56s||+49° 32’ 43”||Andromeda|
|2018 Jan 26||16.65||23h 26m 48s||+49° 15’ 45”||Andromeda|
|2018 Jan 27||16.64||23h 28m 41s||+48° 58’ 54”||Andromeda|
|2018 Jan 28||16.62||23h 30m 33s||+48° 42’ 12”||Andromeda|
|2018 Jan 29||16.61||23h 32m 25s||+48° 25’ 40”||Andromeda|
Distance of Comet C/2017 T3 (ATLAS) from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2017 T3 (ATLAS) 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 T3 (ATLAS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet C/2017 T3 (ATLAS)
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2017 T3 (ATLAS), 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 T3 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2017 T3 (ATLAS) at epoch 31 October 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458058.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||0.82518876 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2018-Jul-19 03:40:50
|Argument of perihelion||peri||246.89524539179°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||230.08477736722°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2018-Aug-01|
|Distance of closest approach*||1.35129550 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.