Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1)
Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) is currently in the constellation of Ara. The current Right Ascension of Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) is 17h 04m 24s and the Declination is -55° 15’ 52” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) is 32.22 (JPL).
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Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) 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 McNaught (C/2006 P1) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) from Earth is currently 4,815,603,921 kilometers, equivalent to 32.190324 Astronomical Units. Light takes 4 hours, 27 minutes and 43.1256 seconds to travel from Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) 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/2006 P1 (McNaught) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) to Earth
Between January 1900 and January 2100, the closest approach of Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) to Earth happens on Mon Jan 15 2007 at a distance of 0.817903 Astronomical Units, or 122,356,519 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) 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 McNaught (C/2006 P1), 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 McNaught (C/2006 P1) rise and set times
Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) 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 McNaught (C/2006 P1) 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 McNaught (C/2006 P1) Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||0.17073644 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2007-Jan-12 19:10:20
|Argument of perihelion||peri||155.97495572304°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||267.41479141574°|
Visualization of Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) 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 McNaught (C/2006 P1) 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2021 May 09||17h 05m 51s||-55° 13’ 51”||32.22||Ara|
|2021 May 10||17h 05m 39s||-55° 14’ 11”||32.22||Ara|
|2021 May 11||17h 05m 29s||-55° 14’ 29”||32.22||Ara|
|2021 May 12||17h 05m 17s||-55° 14’ 45”||32.22||Ara|
|2021 May 13||17h 05m 06s||-55° 15’ 02”||32.22||Ara|
|2021 May 14||17h 04m 54s||-55° 15’ 16”||32.22||Ara|
|2021 May 15||17h 04m 42s||-55° 15’ 30”||32.22||Ara|
|2021 May 16||17h 04m 32s||-55° 15’ 43”||32.22||Ara|
|2021 May 17||17h 04m 19s||-55° 15’ 56”||32.22||Ara|
|2021 May 18||17h 04m 08s||-55° 16’ 06”||32.22||Ara|
|2021 May 19||17h 03m 56s||-55° 16’ 15”||32.22||Ara|
|2021 May 20||17h 03m 44s||-55° 16’ 24”||32.22||Ara|
|2021 May 21||17h 03m 33s||-55° 16’ 32”||32.22||Ara|
|2021 May 22||17h 03m 20s||-55° 16’ 39”||32.22||Ara|