© Andy Roberts 1997. Pictured comet is C/1995 O1 Hale-Bopp.

217P/LINEAR reaches its brightest

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Comet 217P/LINEAR is forecast to reach its brightest, at around mag 11.7. It will lie at a distance of 1.23 AU from the Sun, and at a distance of 1.42 AU from the Earth.

From Cambridge however, it will not be observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and will be no higher than 17° above the horizon at dawn.

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For more information about its path across the sky, see In-The-Sky.org's ephemeris page for comet 217P/LINEAR.

This event was automatically generated on the basis of orbital elements published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC), and is updated daily (last update, 19 Jan 2019).

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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The exact position of comet 217P/LINEAR will be:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude
Comet 217P/LINEAR 03h45m10s +09°23' Taurus 11.7

The coordinates are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 16 July 2017
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22-day old moon
Waning Gibbous


22 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:20 14:26 21:32
Venus 02:30 09:51 17:13
Moon 00:08 06:22 12:37
Mars 05:34 13:03 20:32
Jupiter 12:16 18:01 23:47
Saturn 17:52 22:29 03:11
All times shown in EDT.


The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.

Image credit

© Andy Roberts 1997. Pictured comet is C/1995 O1 Hale-Bopp.




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