Observing Geometry for the 2017 Apparition

The plots presented here are for general planning purposes. If you need more detailed values for the different geometric conditions, use the JPL Horizons routines to compute the values for your specific situation.



Heliocentric and Geocentric Distances

2017
2017 Plot of Heliocentric and Geocentric Distances
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Solar Elongation and Solar Phase Angle

2017
2017 Solar Elongation and Phase Angle
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Orbit Plane Angle

2017
2017 Orbit Plane Angle
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Predicted Brightness

2017
2017 Predicted Brightness
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True Anomaly

2017
2017 True Anomaly
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Rise, set and visibility from different latitudes

The comet rises and sets at different times depending on the observer's latitude and longitude. The plots below provide information for approximating when the comet will be visible, and how long it will be observable from a given location on a given date.

Plots are given for latitude intervals of 5°, which is usually close enough for general planning purposes. Rise and set times are given in UTC for 0° longitude. For other latitudes, these times will be approximate to the local time, which should again be sufficient for basic planning purposes. Note, however, that there will be an offset (typically < 1/2 hr) for different longitudes, so more accuracy is needed, then you should obtain a more detailed ephemeris.

How to read these plots

Visibility Plots Explanation of 'Timeup' plots

Rise/Set Plots Explanation of 'Rise_Set' plots

Comet visibility (TimeUp) and Rise/Set plots

2017
+50° Latitude Timeup Rise/Set
+45° Latitude Timeup Rise/Set
+40° Latitude Timeup Rise/Set
+35° Latitude Timeup Rise/Set
+30° Latitude Timeup Rise/Set
+25° Latitude Timeup Rise/Set
+20° Latitude Timeup Rise/Set
+15° Latitude Timeup Rise/Set
+10° Latitude Timeup Rise/Set
 +5° Latitude Timeup Rise/Set
   0° Latitude Timeup Rise/Set
 -5° Latitude Timeup Rise/Set
-10° Latitude Timeup Rise/Set
-15° Latitude Timeup Rise/Set
-20° Latitude Timeup Rise/Set
-25° Latitude Timeup Rise/Set
-30° Latitude Timeup Rise/Set
-35° Latitude Timeup Rise/Set
-40° Latitude Timeup Rise/Set
-45° Latitude Timeup Rise/Set
-50° Latitude Timeup Rise/Set