Sky Maps > Comets > C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring)
Right Ascension: 02h 36m 53s
Declination: -29° 25’ 50” (J2000)
Sun dist: 492268616 km [ km/s] Earth dist: 567566456 km [ km/s]
Constellation: For Magnitude: 14.73
Perihelion: 25 Oct 2014 05:00 UTC 
Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1), an Oort cloud comet, was discovered on January 3, 2013. This comet has attracted some attention, since it is goig to pass very closely to Mars on October, 19 2014, with a small risk of impact with the Red Planet.
This site shows the current location in the sky, and other relevant information about Comet ISON in real time. Comet's precise position is obtained from the JPL Horizons service which provides ephemerides for solar system bodies.
This finder chart shows an accurate view of the star field surrounding the comet, simulating a telesopic view. It is obtained from the Digitized Sky Surcvey 2, which is a photographic archive covering large part of the sky.
The chart covers an area of 45x30 arc minutes, which is roughly equivalent of full Moon's apparent size.
Follow http://blog.ison2013.org if you are interested in daily pictres of Comet ISON.
A high precision photographic sky map showing the position of Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) in real time.
List of bright objects (stars brighter than magnitude 9.0 and galaxies brighter than magmitude 14.0) close to Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) (less than 1.5 degrees):
|Star||HIP 11708||8.688||02h 31m 05s||-28° 47’ 06”|
|Star||HIP 11917||7.2672||02h 33m 50s||-29° 56’ 00”|
|Star||HIP 11918||4.9608||02h 33m 50s||-28° 13’ 56”|
|Star||HIP 11922||7.9918||02h 33m 53s||-29° 25’ 34”|
|Star||HIP 11979||8.1156||02h 34m 32s||-29° 56’ 58”|
|Star||HIP 12036||7.8658||02h 35m 10s||-28° 41’ 51”|
|Star||HIP 12119||8.2898||02h 36m 07s||-28° 13’ 07”|
|Star||HIP 12122||5.6358||02h 36m 09s||-30° 02’ 41”|
|Star||HIP 12192||8.8698||02h 37m 02s||-30° 55’ 58”|
|Star||HIP 12196||6.9384||02h 37m 05s||-28° 59’ 35”|
|Star||HIP 12246||8.6484||02h 37m 40s||-29° 19’ 25”|
|Star||HIP 12288||5.8||02h 38m 18s||-30° 11’ 37”|
|Star||HIP 12329||7.4858||02h 38m 46s||-30° 35’ 57”|
|Star||HIP 12366||8.3892||02h 39m 11s||-28° 17’ 53”|
|Star||HIP 12435||6.4204||02h 40m 02s||-30° 38’ 00”|
|Star||HIP 12483||7.9802||02h 40m 38s||-30° 08’ 08”|
|Star||HIP 12570||7.2298||02h 41m 39s||-30° 03’ 39”|
|Star||HIP 12586||7.5324||02h 41m 52s||-30° 24’ 16”|
This online sky chart is created using the following astronomy databases and services:
TheSkyLive.com offers live information, ephemeris computations, astronomical sky charts for the most important Solar System objects. You can use the live position charts during your observation sessions, to point your telescope and identify the object on the sky background. The ephemeris computations feature can be used to plan your astronomical observations in the future.
Please note: we aim to provide high quality data obtained from the JPL Horizons ephemeris service. Please keep in mind that for objects like comets, there might be high discrepancies between the magnitude information we are showing here and the actual value. This happens because comets' magnitude is highly influenced by physical phenomena which can be hardly modelled and calculated in advance.