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Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon)

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Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) 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/2018 R3 (Lemmon) in Aquarius on December, 11 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
20h 47m 22s
-01° 51’ 24”

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.

Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 91.9°
Max altitude: 36.6°
Azimuth: 268.1°

Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2018 R3 (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/2018 R3 (Lemmon)
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Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2018 R3 (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/2018 R3 (Lemmon) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Dec 04 20h 43m 18s -02° 53’ 57” 18.84 Aquarius
2018 Dec 05 20h 43m 45s -02° 46’ 23” 18.83 Aquarius
2018 Dec 06 20h 44m 15s -02° 38’ 44” 18.81 Aquarius
2018 Dec 07 20h 44m 44s -02° 30’ 57” 18.80 Aquarius
2018 Dec 08 20h 45m 15s -02° 23’ 05” 18.79 Aquarius
2018 Dec 09 20h 45m 46s -02° 15’ 07” 18.77 Aquarius
2018 Dec 10 20h 46m 18s -02° 07’ 03” 18.76 Aquarius
2018 Dec 11 20h 46m 51s -01° 58’ 53” 18.74 Aquarius
2018 Dec 12 20h 47m 26s -01° 50’ 35” 18.73 Aquarius
2018 Dec 13 20h 48m 01s -01° 42’ 11” 18.71 Aquarius
2018 Dec 14 20h 48m 37s -01° 33’ 42” 18.69 Aquarius
2018 Dec 15 20h 49m 14s -01° 25’ 05” 18.68 Aquarius
2018 Dec 16 20h 49m 50s -01° 16’ 22” 18.66 Aquarius
2018 Dec 17 20h 50m 30s -01° 07’ 32” 18.65 Aquarius

Distance of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) 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/2018 R3 (Lemmon) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2018 R3 (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/2018 R3 (Lemmon) between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) at epoch 12 September 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458374.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99910365
Orbit inclination i 69.73967307°
Perihelion distance q 1.29118304 AU
193,158,234 km
Aphelion distance Q 2,879.69265818 AU
430,795,890,798 km
Semi-major axis a 1,440.49192061 AU
215,494,524,516 km
Orbital period period 54,673.1900 years
19,969,383.9410 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Jun-07 07:14:05
2,458,641.8015 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 112.86984461041°
Longitude of the ascending node node 324.62758507089°
Mean anomaly M 359.99518119718°
Mean motion n 0.00001803°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2019-May-24
Distance of closest approach* 1.92209840 AU
287,541,829 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.