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Comet 106P/Schuster

Comet 106P/Schuster is currently in the constellation of Cetus. The current Right Ascension of Comet 106P/Schuster is 00h 41m 54s and the Declination is -09° 53’ 32” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 106P/Schuster is 18.75 (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]:

00h 41m 54s
-09° 53’ 32”
Cetus
18.75
  • 106P/Schuster is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South direction at an altitude of 28° 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 Cetus on May, 06 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 106P/Schuster in Cetus on May, 06 2021
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.

106P/Schuster
RA: 00h 41m 54s
Dec: -09° 53’ 32”
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 373,702,833 kilometers, equivalent to 2.498049 Astronomical Units. Light takes 20 minutes and 46.5385 seconds to travel from Comet 106P/Schuster and arrive to us.

373,702,833
2.498049
20 minutes and 46.5385 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 0.530750 Astronomical Units, or 79,399,053 kilometers:

Mon Nov 7 2050
79,399,053
0.530750

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 18.75.

18.75
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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: 100.0°
Max altitude: 28.6°
Azimuth: 260.2°

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 21 May 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457164.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.58869706
Orbit inclination i 20.14848227°
Perihelion distance q 1.54569806 AU
231,233,139 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.97040707 AU
893,160,187 km
Semi-major axis a 3.75805256 AU
562,196,663 km
Orbital period period 7.2900 years
2,660.9867 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-Jul-20 04:50:39
2,456,858.7018 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Nov-01 04:31
2,459,519.6885 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 355.95846375839°
Longitude of the ascending node node 50.499226762117°
Mean anomaly M 41.370870766857°
Mean motion n 0.13528816°/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
2021 Apr 29 00h 24m 33s -11° 59’ 12” 19.05 Cetus
2021 Apr 30 00h 26m 53s -11° 42’ 30” 19.01 Cetus
2021 May 01 00h 29m 12s -11° 25’ 45” 18.97 Cetus
2021 May 02 00h 31m 32s -11° 08’ 56” 18.93 Cetus
2021 May 03 00h 33m 51s -10° 52’ 00” 18.89 Cetus
2021 May 04 00h 36m 12s -10° 35’ 03” 18.85 Cetus
2021 May 05 00h 38m 32s -10° 18’ 01” 18.81 Cetus
2021 May 06 00h 40m 54s -10° 00’ 54” 18.77 Cetus
2021 May 07 00h 43m 14s -09° 43’ 44” 18.73 Cetus
2021 May 08 00h 45m 37s -09° 26’ 29” 18.70 Cetus
2021 May 09 00h 47m 57s -09° 09’ 11” 18.66 Cetus
2021 May 10 00h 50m 20s -08° 51’ 48” 18.62 Cetus
2021 May 11 00h 52m 41s -08° 34’ 23” 18.58 Cetus
2021 May 12 00h 55m 05s -08° 16’ 54” 18.54 Cetus