Planets and Moons  ID: 4159

The Dust Trail of Comet 209P/LINEAR

Comet 209P/LINEAR is a short-period comet discovered in 2004.

The comet's orbit has been altered by the gravitational perturbations from Jupiter so that the dust left behind in the comet's path will now cross the orbit of Earth. The dust has a chance of appearing in the night sky of May 23-24 as a new meteor shower appearing to radiate from the constellation Camelopardalis.

This visualization opens with an overview of the comet orbit, which lies between the orbit of Jupiter and Earth. The camera then zooms-in to a close-up of the comet orbit intesecting the orbit of the Earth on May 23-24, 2014. Note that the comet itself, which is very small and faint, passes behind the Earth and poses no risk of collision.
 

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Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Animator
Dan Gallagher (USRA): Producer
David Ladd (USRA): Producer
Michelle Handleman (USRA): Producer
Carl Hergenrother (University of Arizona): Scientist
Stefanie Milam (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Laurence Schuler (ADNET): Project Support
Ian Jones (ADNET): Project Support
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Data Used:
JPL/Horizon Orbital Ephemerides
JPL DE421
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Keywords:
SVS >> Comet
SVS >> HDTV
NASA Science >> Planets and Moons
SVS >> Meteor