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Comet 106P/Schuster

Comet 106P/Schuster is currently in the constellation of Coma. The current Right Ascension of Comet 106P/Schuster is 11h 59m 17s and the Declination is +14° 47’ 44” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 106P/Schuster is 27.42 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 106P/Schuster [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

11h 59m 17s
+14° 47’ 44”
  • 106P/Schuster is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West-North-West direction at an altitude of 1° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 106P/Schuster is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 106P/Schuster rise and set times.
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Comet 106P/Schuster Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 106P/Schuster 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.

Map showing Comet 106P/Schuster in Coma on October, 01 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 106P/Schuster in Coma on October, 01 2022
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 106P/Schuster is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 11h 59m 17s
Dec: +14° 47’ 44”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 106P/Schuster
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 106P/Schuster?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 106P/Schuster in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 106P/Schuster Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 106P/Schuster from Earth is currently 697,290,886 kilometers, equivalent to 4.661102 Astronomical Units. Light takes 38 minutes and 45.9120 seconds to travel from Comet 106P/Schuster and arrive to us.

38 minutes and 45.9120 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 106P/Schuster 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.

Distance of Comet 106P/Schuster from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

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 106P/Schuster from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 106P/Schuster to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 106P/Schuster to Earth happens on Mon Nov 7 2050 at a distance of 0.530747 Astronomical Units, or 79,398,637 kilometers:

Mon Nov 7 2050

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet 106P/Schuster brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 106P/Schuster is 27.42.


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 106P/Schuster, 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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 106P/Schuster between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 106P/Schuster rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Comet 106P/Schuster rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 75.1°
Max altitude: 53.4°
Azimuth: 284.8°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 106P/Schuster touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet 106P/Schuster Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 106P/Schuster at epoch 19 April 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457498.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.58953218
Orbit inclination i 20.19768533°
Perihelion distance q 1.54069625 AU
230,484,879 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.96632942 AU
892,550,180 km
Semi-major axis a 3.75351284 AU
561,517,529 km
Orbital period period 7.2722 years
2,656.1664 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-Jul-20 11:06:32
2,456,858.9629 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Oct-27 15:06
2,459,515.1293 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 355.9826443985°
Longitude of the ascending node node 50.322397394734°
Mean anomaly M 86.678817686577°
Mean motion n 0.13553368°/day

Visualization of Comet 106P/Schuster Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 106P/Schuster with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 106P/Schuster 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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet 106P/Schuster
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Comet 106P/Schuster 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 106P/Schuster computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 106P/Schuster in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2022 Sep 24 11h 50m 48s +15° 43’ 36” 27.30 Leo
2022 Sep 25 11h 51m 54s +15° 36’ 15” 27.31 Leo
2022 Sep 26 11h 52m 59s +15° 28’ 56” 27.33 Leo
2022 Sep 27 11h 54m 06s +15° 21’ 42” 27.34 Leo
2022 Sep 28 11h 55m 11s +15° 14’ 29” 27.36 Leo
2022 Sep 29 11h 56m 17s +15° 07’ 19” 27.37 Leo
2022 Sep 30 11h 57m 23s +15° 00’ 12” 27.39 Leo
2022 Oct 01 11h 58m 27s +14° 53’ 09” 27.40 Coma
2022 Oct 02 11h 59m 32s +14° 46’ 09” 27.42 Coma
2022 Oct 03 12h 00m 37s +14° 39’ 11” 27.43 Coma
2022 Oct 04 12h 01m 41s +14° 32’ 17” 27.45 Coma
2022 Oct 05 12h 02m 45s +14° 25’ 27” 27.46 Coma
2022 Oct 06 12h 03m 50s +14° 18’ 38” 27.48 Coma
2022 Oct 07 12h 04m 53s +14° 11’ 53” 27.49 Coma