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Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon)

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Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) Position

Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) is currently in the constellation of Lynx. The current Right Ascension is 06h 55m 15s and the Declination is +53° 12’ 16”.

06h 55m 15s
+53° 12’ 16”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) in Lynx on June, 17 2019
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Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2018 R3 (Lemmon)
RA: 06h 55m 15s
Dec: +53° 12’ 16”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon)
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Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) from Earth is currently 304,085,613 kilometers, equivalent to 2.032687 Astronomical Units. Light takes 16 minutes and 54.3204 seconds to travel from Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) and arrive to us.

16 minutes and 54.3204 seconds

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

Closest approach of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) to Earth happens on Thu May 23 2019 at a distance of 1.92175259 Astronomical Units, or 287,490,097 kilometers:

Thu May 23 2019

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

Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) is 15.45.


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/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 2100

Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) rise and set times

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Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) is circumpolar and transits at 13:13 UTC (altitude: 88.3°)

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2018 R3 (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/2018 R3 (Lemmon) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) at epoch 26 December 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458479.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99929634
Orbit inclination i 69.71600752°
Perihelion distance q 1.29060019 AU
193,071,041 km
Aphelion distance Q 3,666.94307588 AU
548,566,877,231 km
Semi-major axis a 1,834.11683804 AU
274,379,974,136 km
Orbital period period 78,550.4500 years
28,690,553.2998 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Jun-07 04:48:10
2,458,641.7001 JD
Next perihelion transit 80571-Jul-01 11:59
31,149,195.0000 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 112.8763247829°
Longitude of the ascending node node 324.62646452468°
Mean anomaly M 359.99796476418°
Mean motion n 0.00001255°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) Orbit

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) 15 Days 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
2019 Jun 10 06h 04m 05s +57° 00’ 24” 15.37 Camelopardalis
2019 Jun 11 06h 11m 13s +56° 35’ 08” 15.38 Camelopardalis
2019 Jun 12 06h 18m 11s +56° 08’ 42” 15.39 Lynx
2019 Jun 13 06h 24m 55s +55° 41’ 08” 15.39 Lynx
2019 Jun 14 06h 31m 27s +55° 12’ 33” 15.41 Lynx
2019 Jun 15 06h 37m 49s +54° 43’ 03” 15.42 Lynx
2019 Jun 16 06h 43m 59s +54° 12’ 39” 15.43 Lynx
2019 Jun 17 06h 49m 56s +53° 41’ 30” 15.44 Lynx
2019 Jun 18 06h 55m 44s +53° 09’ 37” 15.45 Lynx
2019 Jun 19 07h 01m 19s +52° 37’ 05” 15.47 Lynx
2019 Jun 20 07h 06m 46s +52° 03’ 59” 15.48 Lynx
2019 Jun 21 07h 12m 02s +51° 30’ 20” 15.50 Lynx
2019 Jun 22 07h 17m 07s +50° 56’ 16” 15.52 Lynx
2019 Jun 23 07h 22m 04s +50° 21’ 47” 15.53 Lynx