Comet 104P/Kowal is currently in the constellation of Libra. The current Right Ascension of Comet 104P/Kowal is 14h 52m 25s and the Declination is -14° 14’ 54” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom ). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 104P/Kowal is 26.91 (JPL).
The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted Magnitude as a directional indication. We acknowledge with thanks the comet observations from the COBS Comet Observation Database contributed by observers worldwide and used in this table to report recent comet observations.
- 104P/Kowal is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- Right now it is placed in the South-South-West direction at an altitude of 22° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, 104P/Kowal is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Comet 104P/Kowal Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 104P/Kowal finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 104P/Kowal is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
Also check out Where is Comet 104P/Kowal?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 104P/Kowal in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet 104P/Kowal Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 104P/Kowal from Earth is currently 809,337,685 kilometers, equivalent to 5.410088 Astronomical Units. Light takes 44 minutes and 59.6599 seconds to travel from Comet 104P/Kowal and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 104P/Kowal from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.
The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 104P/Kowal from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest Approach of Comet 104P/Kowal to Earth
Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 104P/Kowal to Earth happens on Tue Jan 11 2050 at a distance of 0.103653 Astronomical Units, or 15,506,266 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 104P/Kowal Brightness and Light Curve
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 104P/Kowal, according to the most recent ephemerides data. Magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval and there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. For comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of their highly dynamic behaviour.
Comet 104P/Kowal Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||1.07309960 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2022-Jan-11 14:48:40
|Next perihelion transit||2027-Oct-10 23:16
|Argument of perihelion||peri||227.24546096775°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||207.21370218005°|
Visualization of Comet 104P/Kowal Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 104P/Kowal with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 104P/Kowal and the planets along their orbits in this diagram accurately represents the current configuration of the objects in the Solar System. This is an experimental feature and it requires a WebGL enabled browser. Please provide us feedback!
Comet 104P/Kowal 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 104P/Kowal computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 104P/Kowal in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2023 Sep 20||14h 46m 40s||-13° 49’ 20”||26.83||Libra|
|2023 Sep 21||14h 47m 23s||-13° 52’ 40”||26.84||Libra|
|2023 Sep 22||14h 48m 09s||-13° 55’ 59”||26.85||Libra|
|2023 Sep 23||14h 48m 53s||-13° 59’ 18”||26.86||Libra|
|2023 Sep 24||14h 49m 39s||-14° 02’ 39”||26.87||Libra|
|2023 Sep 25||14h 50m 23s||-14° 05’ 58”||26.88||Libra|
|2023 Sep 26||14h 51m 08s||-14° 09’ 20”||26.89||Libra|
|2023 Sep 27||14h 51m 55s||-14° 12’ 41”||26.90||Libra|
|2023 Sep 28||14h 52m 41s||-14° 16’ 01”||26.91||Libra|
|2023 Sep 29||14h 53m 27s||-14° 19’ 23”||26.92||Libra|
|2023 Sep 30||14h 54m 15s||-14° 22’ 45”||26.92||Libra|
|2023 Oct 01||14h 55m 01s||-14° 26’ 07”||26.93||Libra|
|2023 Oct 02||14h 55m 49s||-14° 29’ 29”||26.94||Libra|
|2023 Oct 03||14h 56m 35s||-14° 32’ 50”||26.95||Libra|