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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 64 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

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Magnitude 7.4, currently in Columba

Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS)

Magnitude 10.7, currently in Sculptor

Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring)

Magnitude 11.5, currently in Ophiucus

Comet C/2014 R1 (Borisov)

Magnitude 12.3, currently in Virgo

Comet 15P/Finlay

Magnitude 13.4, currently in Capricornus

Comet C/2014 Q3 (Borisov)

Magnitude 14.3, currently in Draco

Comet C/2013 V5 (Oukaimeden)

Magnitude 14.3, currently in Libra

Comet 290P/Jager

Magnitude 14.6, currently in Hydra

Comet 80P/Peters-Hartley

Magnitude 14.7, currently in Ophiucus

Comet C/2013 US10

Magnitude 14.7, currently in Pisces

Comet 32P/Comas Sola

Magnitude 15.2, currently in Leo

Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1

Magnitude 15.2, currently in Scorpius

Comet 40P/Vaisala 1

Magnitude 15.4, currently in Virgo

Comet C/2014 AA52 (Catalina)

Magnitude 15.6, currently in Volans

Comet C/2014 A4 (SONEAR)

Magnitude 15.8, currently in Eridanus

Comet 269P/Jedicke

Magnitude 15.8, currently in Cancer

Comet 110P/Hartley 3

Magnitude 15.9, currently in Gemini

Comet 119P/Parker-Hartley

Magnitude 16.0, currently in Cancer

Comet C/2010 S1 (LINEAR)

Magnitude 16.1, currently in Scutum

Comet C/2011 J2 (LINEAR)

Magnitude 16.2, currently in Pegasus

Comet C/2014 N3 (NEOWISE)

Magnitude 16.3, currently in Cetus

Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS)

Magnitude 16.4, currently in Aquarius

Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova

Magnitude 16.4, currently in Sagittarius

Comet 17P/Holmes

Magnitude 16.5, currently in Perseus

Comet 4P/Faye

Magnitude 16.5, currently in Sextans

Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1

Magnitude 16.6, currently in Capricornus

Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS)

Magnitude 16.8, currently in Auriga

Comet 284P/McNaught

Magnitude 17.1, currently in Cetus

Comet C/2012 X1 (LINEAR)

Magnitude 17.2, currently in Grus

Comet C/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS)

Magnitude 17.5, currently in Taurus

Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS)

Magnitude 17.7, currently in Hercules

Comet C/2006 S3 (LONEOS)

Magnitude 17.7, currently in Virgo

Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke

Magnitude 17.7, currently in Ophiucus

Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR

Magnitude 18.0, currently in Hydra

Comet 154P/Brewington

Magnitude 18.0, currently in Leo

Comet C/2014 F2 (Tenagra)

Magnitude 18.4, currently in Bootes

Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE)

Magnitude 18.6, currently in Pisces

Comet 6P/d'Arrest

Magnitude 18.6, currently in Serpens

Comet C/2013 V1 (Boattini)

Magnitude 18.7, currently in Hercules

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Magnitude 18.9, currently in Sagittarius

Comet C/2013 Y2 (PANSTARRS)

Magnitude 19.7, currently in Serpens

Comet C/2013 YG46 (Spacewatch)

Magnitude 20.1, currently in Leo

Comet 210P/Christensen

Magnitude 20.3, currently in Libra

Comet C/2014 E2 (Jacques)

Magnitude 20.4, currently in Aquila

Comet 9P/Tempel 1

Magnitude 20.5, currently in Gemini

Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell

Magnitude 20.6, currently in Libra

Comet Encke (2P/Encke)

Magnitude 21.0, currently in Capricornus

Comet C/2014 F1 (Hill)

Magnitude 21.2, currently in Bootes

Comet 25D/Neujmin 2

Magnitude 22.4, currently in Sagittarius

Comet C/2014 J1 (Catalina)

Magnitude 22.6, currently in Hydra

Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo)

Magnitude 22.7, currently in Virgo

Comet C/2014 L3 (Hill)

Magnitude 23.0, currently in Aquarius

Comet C/2014 H1 (Christensen)

Magnitude 23.1, currently in Musca

Comet C/2014 C3 (NEOWISE)

Magnitude 23.5, currently in Ursa Major

Comet P/2013 V3 (Nevski)

Magnitude 23.5, currently in Bootes

Comet 297P/Beshore (2008 J2)

Magnitude 24.1, currently in Pegasus

Comet P/2010 H2 (Vales)

Magnitude 24.4, currently in Hydrus

Comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy)

Magnitude 25.3, currently in Scorpius

Comet Halley (1P/Halley)

Magnitude 25.4, currently in Hydra

Comet 294P/LINEAR

Magnitude 25.9, currently in Sagittarius

Comet 209P/LINEAR

Magnitude 27.3, currently in Aquarius

Comet 103P/Hartley 2

Magnitude 29.2, currently in Libra

Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks

Magnitude 31.2, currently in Ophiucus

Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON)

Magnitude N.A., currently in Lynx