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Comet C/2017 T3 (ATLAS)

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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) in Antlia on August, 17 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
10h 01m 07s
-28° 56’ 19”
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet C/2017 T3 (ATLAS) Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet C/2017 T3 (ATLAS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 118.9°
Max altitude: 9.6°
Azimuth: 241.1°

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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet C/2017 T3 (ATLAS)
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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.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Aug 10 09h 09m 16s -26° 00’ 30” 11.65 Pyxis
2018 Aug 11 09h 16m 36s -26° 30’ 38” 11.69 Pyxis
2018 Aug 12 09h 23m 53s -26° 58’ 54” 11.73 Pyxis
2018 Aug 13 09h 31m 09s -27° 25’ 18” 11.78 Antlia
2018 Aug 14 09h 38m 24s -27° 49’ 50” 11.82 Antlia
2018 Aug 15 09h 45m 33s -28° 12’ 32” 11.87 Antlia
2018 Aug 16 09h 52m 40s -28° 33’ 25” 11.91 Antlia
2018 Aug 17 09h 59m 41s -28° 52’ 36” 11.96 Antlia
2018 Aug 18 10h 06m 39s -29° 10’ 01” 12.01 Antlia
2018 Aug 19 10h 13m 32s -29° 25’ 50” 12.06 Antlia
2018 Aug 20 10h 20m 18s -29° 40’ 01” 12.11 Antlia
2018 Aug 21 10h 26m 59s -29° 52’ 42” 12.17 Antlia
2018 Aug 22 10h 33m 33s -30° 03’ 56” 12.22 Antlia
2018 Aug 23 10h 40m 01s -30° 13’ 45” 12.27 Antlia

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.

Distance of Comet C/2017 T3 (ATLAS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet C/2017 T3 (ATLAS) between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet C/2017 T3 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2017 T3 (ATLAS) at epoch 11 December 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458099.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99940460
Orbit inclination i 88.10761795°
Perihelion distance q 0.82524259 AU
123,454,535 km
Aphelion distance Q 2,771.24285463 AU
414,572,031,076 km
Semi-major axis a 1,386.03404861 AU
207,347,742,805 km
Orbital period period 51,602.3000 years
18,847,739.7095 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Jul-19 03:33:36
2,458,318.6483 JD
Next perihelion transit 53621-Nov-26 20:35
21,306,058.3578 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 246.89206566905°
Longitude of the ascending node node 230.08611482989°
Mean anomaly M 359.99581417167°
Mean motion n 0.00001910°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2018-Aug-01
Distance of closest approach* 1.35130259 AU
202,151,991 km

* 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.