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Ephemeris for Comet C/2012 X1 (LINEAR)

From Newark (change location), C/2012 X1 (LINEAR) will not be readily observable since it will lie so far south that it will never rise more than 8° above the horizon.

The information below is updated daily (last update, 22 Jul 2014), based on the latest orbital elements available from the Minor Planet Center (MPC). Note that the future positions of comets are typically known with a high degree of confidence, but their brightnesses are often much more unpredictable, since it is impossible to predict with certainty how they will respond as they move closer to the Sun. Magnitude estimates should be assumed to be highly provisional more than a few weeks in advance.

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Finding C/2012 X1 (LINEAR)

As of 22 Jul 2014, C/2012 X1 (LINEAR)'s position is:

Comet nameMagRADecConstellationSeparation
from Sun
Trend
C/2012 X1 (LINEAR)13.022h27m51s -40°55'44" Grus143° Fading

The finder charts below are available in either light-on-dark or dark-on-light color schemes. Click on the finder chart to enlarge it, or on the PDF link in the bottom-right corner to view it at the highest resolution.

The planetarium shows how the path of the comet is orientated relative to the horizon in Newark. The time entry controls can be used to rotate the planetarium to show any time of night or day of the year.

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C/2012 X1 (LINEAR)'s orbit

The chart below shows the path of C/2012 X1 (LINEAR) through the solar system, represented by the green line. The green dot shows the comet's present position.

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Week-by-week ephemeris for C/2012 X1 (LINEAR)

All times are shown below in Newark time. Hover your mouse pointer over the "Observable" column to see more information about where to look for the comet.

This data is also available in CSV (i.e. spreadsheet) and plain text format for easy pasting into other programs.