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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 Aquarius on March, 28 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
22h 33m 35s
-17° 30’ 06”
 = 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: 107.5°
Max altitude: 21.0°
Azimuth: 252.5°

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 Mar 21 7.17 22h 44m 32s -15° 01’ 45” Aquarius
2017 Mar 22 7.32 22h 41m 58s -15° 34’ 18” Aquarius
2017 Mar 23 7.48 22h 39m 47s -16° 02’ 17” Aquarius
2017 Mar 24 7.63 22h 37m 59s -16° 26’ 11” Aquarius
2017 Mar 25 7.78 22h 36m 29s -16° 46’ 29” Aquarius
2017 Mar 26 7.93 22h 35m 17s -17° 03’ 39” Aquarius
2017 Mar 27 8.08 22h 34m 19s -17° 18’ 05” Aquarius
2017 Mar 28 8.22 22h 33m 35s -17° 30’ 06” Aquarius
2017 Mar 29 8.35 22h 33m 03s -17° 40’ 03” Aquarius
2017 Mar 30 8.48 22h 32m 43s -17° 48’ 11” Aquarius
2017 Mar 31 8.82 22h 32m 30s -17° 54’ 45” Aquarius
2017 Apr 01 9.05 22h 32m 26s -17° 59’ 56” Aquarius
2017 Apr 02 9.28 22h 32m 30s -18° 03’ 55” Aquarius
2017 Apr 03 9.50 22h 32m 39s -18° 06’ 52” 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.

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
Next perihelion transit 2020-Jun-26 00:17
2,459,026.5124 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.