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Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff

Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff is currently in the constellation of Centaurus. The current Right Ascension of Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff is 14h 22m 04s and the Declination is -31° 48’ 09” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff is 22.99 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff [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]:

14h 22m 04s
-31° 48’ 09”

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Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff 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 114P/Wiseman-Skiff in Centaurus on January, 26 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff in Centaurus on January, 26 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 114P/Wiseman-Skiff is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 14h 22m 04s
Dec: -31° 48’ 09”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff from Earth is currently 515,090,853 kilometers, equivalent to 3.443170 Astronomical Units. Light takes 28 minutes and 38.1581 seconds to travel from Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff and arrive to us.

28 minutes and 38.1581 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff 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 114P/Wiseman-Skiff 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 114P/Wiseman-Skiff from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff to Earth happens on Wed Dec 8 2100 at a distance of 0.480758 Astronomical Units, or 71,920,399 kilometers:

Wed Dec 8 2100

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

Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff is 22.99.


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 114P/Wiseman-Skiff, 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 114P/Wiseman-Skiff between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff 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 114P/Wiseman-Skiff rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 121.8°
Max altitude: 6.7°
Azimuth: 238.2°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff 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 114P/Wiseman-Skiff Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff at epoch 12 March 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458190.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.55447365
Orbit inclination i 18.27316571°
Perihelion distance q 1.57941063 AU
236,276,467 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.51067790 AU
824,385,682 km
Semi-major axis a 3.54504427 AU
530,331,075 km
Orbital period period 6.6700 years
2,437.9844 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Jan-14 05:59:15
2,458,862.7495 JD
Next perihelion transit 2026-Sep-17 05:36
2,461,300.7339 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 172.84447903014°
Longitude of the ascending node node 271.06224442108°
Mean anomaly M 260.73364921803°
Mean motion n 0.14766296°/day

Visualization of Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff 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 114P/Wiseman-Skiff
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Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Jan 19 14h 17m 44s -31° 02’ 17” 22.98 Centaurus
2021 Jan 20 14h 18m 21s -31° 08’ 36” 22.98 Centaurus
2021 Jan 21 14h 18m 59s -31° 14’ 50” 22.98 Centaurus
2021 Jan 22 14h 19m 35s -31° 21’ 02” 22.98 Centaurus
2021 Jan 23 14h 20m 09s -31° 27’ 09” 22.98 Centaurus
2021 Jan 24 14h 20m 44s -31° 33’ 12” 22.99 Centaurus
2021 Jan 25 14h 21m 16s -31° 39’ 12” 22.99 Centaurus
2021 Jan 26 14h 21m 48s -31° 45’ 09” 22.99 Centaurus
2021 Jan 27 14h 22m 18s -31° 51’ 01” 22.99 Centaurus
2021 Jan 28 14h 22m 49s -31° 56’ 48” 22.99 Centaurus
2021 Jan 29 14h 23m 17s -32° 02’ 34” 22.99 Centaurus
2021 Jan 30 14h 23m 44s -32° 08’ 13” 23.00 Centaurus
2021 Jan 31 14h 24m 11s -32° 13’ 50” 23.00 Centaurus
2021 Feb 01 14h 24m 37s -32° 19’ 22” 23.00 Centaurus