204P/LINEAR-NEAT reaches its brightest

2016 Jan 12

Dominic Ford – originally published on In-The-Sky.org

Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT is forecast to reach its brightest, at around mag 12.8. It will lie at a distance of 1.95 AU from the Sun, and at a distance of 0.98 AU from the Earth.

From London (click to change), it will be visible between 20:02 and 06:12. It will become accessible at around 20:02, when it rises 24° above your eastern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:09, 59° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 06:12 when it sinks to 25° above your western horizon.

For more information about its path across the sky, see In-The-Sky.org’s ephemeris page for comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT.

This event was automatically generated on the basis of orbital elements published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC), and is updated daily (last update, 20 Dec 2015).

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.

The exact position of comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT will be:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude
Comet 204P/LINEAR-NEAT 08h32m40s +20°56' Cancer 12.8

The coordinates are given in J2000.0.

The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of In-The-Sky.org