Comet 104P/Kowal 2
Comet 104P/Kowal 2 is currently in the constellation of Libra. The current Right Ascension of Comet 104P/Kowal 2 is 15h 12m 54s and the Declination is -16° 15’ 50” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 104P/Kowal 2 is 24.81 (JPL).
Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet 104P/Kowal 2 from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):
- 104P/Kowal 2 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- Given its current magnitude, 104P/Kowal 2 is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Comet 104P/Kowal 2 Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 104P/Kowal 2 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.
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 104P/Kowal 2 is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
RA: 15h 12m 54s
Dec: -16° 15’ 50”
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
Also check out Where is Comet 104P/Kowal 2?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 104P/Kowal 2 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet 104P/Kowal 2 Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 104P/Kowal 2 from Earth is currently 478,160,079 kilometers, equivalent to 3.196303 Astronomical Units. Light takes 26 minutes and 34.9703 seconds to travel from Comet 104P/Kowal 2 and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 104P/Kowal 2 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 2 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest Approach of Comet 104P/Kowal 2 to Earth
Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 104P/Kowal 2 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 2 Brightness
The current visual magnitude of Comet 104P/Kowal 2 is 24.81.
The observed magnitude and coma diameter values are derived from the Comet Observers Database by averaging the values reported in recent observations (more recent than 4 days), when available. The Estimated Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of comets. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Estimated 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.
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 104P/Kowal 2, 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 2 Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 104P/Kowal 2 at epoch 25 September 2021 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459483.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|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 2 Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 104P/Kowal 2 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 104P/Kowal 2 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!
View Comet 104P/Kowal 2 in the 3D Solar System Simulator
Comet 104P/Kowal 2 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 104P/Kowal 2 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 2 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2023 Mar 20||15h 16m 15s||-16° 36’ 03”||24.80||Libra|
|2023 Mar 21||15h 15m 52s||-16° 33’ 34”||24.80||Libra|
|2023 Mar 22||15h 15m 28s||-16° 31’ 01”||24.80||Libra|
|2023 Mar 23||15h 15m 02s||-16° 28’ 23”||24.80||Libra|
|2023 Mar 24||15h 14m 35s||-16° 25’ 41”||24.81||Libra|
|2023 Mar 25||15h 14m 08s||-16° 22’ 55”||24.81||Libra|
|2023 Mar 26||15h 13m 38s||-16° 20’ 04”||24.81||Libra|
|2023 Mar 27||15h 13m 09s||-16° 17’ 09”||24.81||Libra|
|2023 Mar 28||15h 12m 38s||-16° 14’ 11”||24.82||Libra|
|2023 Mar 29||15h 12m 06s||-16° 11’ 08”||24.82||Libra|
|2023 Mar 30||15h 11m 33s||-16° 08’ 00”||24.82||Libra|
|2023 Mar 31||15h 10m 59s||-16° 04’ 50”||24.82||Libra|
|2023 Apr 01||15h 10m 24s||-16° 01’ 35”||24.83||Libra|
|2023 Apr 02||15h 09m 48s||-15° 58’ 17”||24.83||Libra|