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Comet Encke (2P/Encke)

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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) in Pisces on February, 23 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
00h 07m 23s
+07° 21’ 42”
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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.

Azimuth: 82.6°
Max altitude: 45.9°
Azimuth: 277.4°

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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet Encke (2P/Encke)
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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.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Feb 16 9.11 23h 59m 20s +07° 36’ 52” Pisces
2017 Feb 17 8.98 00h 00m 42s +07° 38’ 21” Pisces
2017 Feb 18 8.85 00h 02m 02s +07° 38’ 53” Pisces
2017 Feb 19 8.72 00h 03m 17s +07° 38’ 22” Pisces
2017 Feb 20 8.59 00h 04m 28s +07° 36’ 38” Pisces
2017 Feb 21 8.44 00h 05m 34s +07° 33’ 25” Pisces
2017 Feb 22 8.30 00h 06m 33s +07° 28’ 32” Pisces
2017 Feb 23 8.15 00h 07m 23s +07° 21’ 42” Pisces
2017 Feb 24 7.99 00h 08m 03s +07° 12’ 38” Pisces
2017 Feb 25 7.84 00h 08m 34s +07° 00’ 55” Pisces
2017 Feb 26 7.67 00h 08m 49s +06° 46’ 10” Pisces
2017 Feb 27 7.51 00h 08m 49s +06° 27’ 56” Pisces
2017 Feb 28 7.34 00h 08m 31s +06° 05’ 41” Pisces
2017 Mar 01 7.17 00h 07m 51s +05° 38’ 53” Pisces

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.

Distance of Comet Encke (2P/Encke) from Earth between January 2013 and January 2030

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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet Encke (2P/Encke) between January 2013 and January 2030

Comet Encke (2P/Encke) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet Encke (2P/Encke) at epoch 18 October 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457680.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.84833572
Orbit inclination i 11.77856054°
Perihelion distance q 0.33590496 AU
50,250,667 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.09368059 AU
612,405,900 km
Semi-major axis a 2.21479277 AU
331,328,284 km
Orbital period period 3.3000 years
1,203.9212 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Mar-10 02:11:13
2,457,822.5911 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 186.56001971534°
Longitude of the ascending node node 334.56191859627°
Mean anomaly M 317.5115022436°
Mean motion n 0.29902288°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2013-Oct-17
Distance of closest approach* 0.47783133 AU
71,482,550 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2030-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.