Comet Encke (2P/Encke)
Comet Encke (2P/Encke) Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet Encke (2P/Encke) 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 Encke (2P/Encke) Rise and Set Times
Today's Comet Encke (2P/Encke) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.
Comet Encke (2P/Encke) Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet Encke (2P/Encke) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet Encke (2P/Encke) 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 Encke (2P/Encke) Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet Encke (2P/Encke) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet Encke (2P/Encke) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2018 Feb 15||20.36||22h 00m 42s||-13° 17’ 44”||Aquarius|
|2018 Feb 16||20.34||22h 01m 42s||-13° 11’ 40”||Aquarius|
|2018 Feb 17||20.33||22h 02m 43s||-13° 05’ 36”||Aquarius|
|2018 Feb 18||20.34||22h 03m 43s||-12° 59’ 34”||Aquarius|
|2018 Feb 19||20.37||22h 04m 44s||-12° 53’ 30”||Aquarius|
|2018 Feb 20||20.39||22h 05m 44s||-12° 47’ 27”||Aquarius|
|2018 Feb 21||20.42||22h 06m 43s||-12° 41’ 25”||Aquarius|
|2018 Feb 22||20.44||22h 07m 44s||-12° 35’ 22”||Aquarius|
|2018 Feb 23||20.46||22h 08m 43s||-12° 29’ 20”||Aquarius|
|2018 Feb 24||20.48||22h 09m 42s||-12° 23’ 17”||Aquarius|
|2018 Feb 25||20.50||22h 10m 41s||-12° 17’ 16”||Aquarius|
|2018 Feb 26||20.52||22h 11m 40s||-12° 11’ 15”||Aquarius|
|2018 Feb 27||20.54||22h 12m 39s||-12° 05’ 12”||Aquarius|
|2018 Feb 28||20.56||22h 13m 37s||-11° 59’ 12”||Aquarius|
Distance of Comet Encke (2P/Encke) from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet Encke (2P/Encke) 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 Encke's Comet is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet Encke (2P/Encke)
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet Encke (2P/Encke), 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 Encke (2P/Encke) Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet Encke (2P/Encke) at epoch 26 February 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457080.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||0.33599075 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2013-Nov-21 17:57:51
|Next perihelion transit||2017-Mar-09 22:43
|Argument of perihelion||peri||186.54303564067°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||334.56826976987°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2063-Jul-07|
|Distance of closest approach*||0.19345835 AU
* 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.