Comets - TheSkyLive
Comets are among the most fascinating and scientifically interesting astronomical objects. Their study helps us getting a better understanding of the formation of our Solar System and perhaps of the origin of life on our planet.
Comets are typically very faint objects, often accessible only with medium or large telescopes. But every year there are a few that become bright enough to be visible with small telescopes, binoculars, or even to the naked eye.
In this section we provide a comprehensive list of the most interesting comets, including newly discovered ones and famous periodic ones. Our system is currently tracking 63 comets and we are adding new ones when new interesting discoveries are announced.
Click on the thumbnails below to view more detailed information about each comet, including real time finder charts, ephemeris computation, orbital elements and predicted light curves.
*objects are listed in order of decreasing brightness