Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon)
Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) is currently in the constellation of Vela. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) is 10h 33m 48s and the Declination is -42° 41’ 57” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) is 24.11 (JPL).
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Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) from Earth is currently 972,313,841 kilometers, equivalent to 6.499517 Astronomical Units. Light takes 54 minutes and 3.2899 seconds to travel from Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) and arrive to us.
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.
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 1.921762 Astronomical Units, or 287,491,510 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) brightness
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 behavior 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.
Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) rise and set times
Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric 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
|Perihelion distance||q||1.29060208 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2019-Jun-07 04:45:17
|Next perihelion transit||89467-May-27 09:07
|Argument of perihelion||peri||112.87545886002°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||324.62602581214°|
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!
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.
|2020 Oct 21||10h 30m 46s||-41° 28’ 44”||24.05||Vela|
|2020 Oct 22||10h 31m 11s||-41° 38’ 22”||24.06||Vela|
|2020 Oct 23||10h 31m 37s||-41° 48’ 02”||24.07||Vela|
|2020 Oct 24||10h 32m 03s||-41° 57’ 46”||24.07||Vela|
|2020 Oct 25||10h 32m 26s||-42° 07’ 29”||24.08||Vela|
|2020 Oct 26||10h 32m 50s||-42° 17’ 16”||24.09||Vela|
|2020 Oct 27||10h 33m 14s||-42° 27’ 02”||24.10||Vela|
|2020 Oct 28||10h 33m 37s||-42° 36’ 51”||24.11||Vela|
|2020 Oct 29||10h 33m 59s||-42° 46’ 41”||24.11||Vela|
|2020 Oct 30||10h 34m 20s||-42° 56’ 33”||24.12||Vela|
|2020 Oct 31||10h 34m 41s||-43° 06’ 25”||24.13||Vela|
|2020 Nov 01||10h 35m 02s||-43° 16’ 19”||24.14||Vela|
|2020 Nov 02||10h 35m 21s||-43° 26’ 14”||24.14||Vela|
|2020 Nov 03||10h 35m 40s||-43° 36’ 11”||24.15||Vela|