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Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff

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Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff Position

Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff is currently in the constellation of Orion. The current Right Ascension is 04h 45m 56s and the Declination is +14° 26’ 46”.

04h 45m 56s
+14° 26’ 46”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff in Orion on February, 26 2020
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 04h 45m 56s
Dec: +14° 26’ 46”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff
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Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff Distance

The distance of Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff from Earth is currently 183,234,892 kilometers, equivalent to 1.224850 Astronomical Units. Light takes 10 minutes and 11.2058 seconds to travel from Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff and arrive to us.

10 minutes and 11.2058 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 January 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 January 2100 the closest approach of Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff to Earth happens on Mon Dec 19 2039 at a distance of 0.56489674 Astronomical Units, or 84,507,350 kilometers:

Mon Dec 19 2039

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 16.83.


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 January 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: 75.6°
Max altitude: 52.9°
Azimuth: 284.5°
Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

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 07 December 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457730.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.55457600
Orbit inclination i 18.27743370°
Perihelion distance q 1.57870531 AU
236,170,953 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.50984540 AU
824,261,142 km
Semi-major axis a 3.54427536 AU
530,216,047 km
Orbital period period 6.6700 years
2,437.1912 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Jan-14 08:26:26
2,458,862.8517 JD
Next perihelion transit 2026-Sep-16 13:01
2,461,300.0429 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 172.86810610556°
Longitude of the ascending node node 271.06373416864°
Mean anomaly M 192.73917767523°
Mean motion n 0.14771102°/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
2020 Feb 19 04h 28m 11s +15° 16’ 19” 16.63 Taurus
2020 Feb 20 04h 30m 34s +15° 09’ 12” 16.66 Taurus
2020 Feb 21 04h 32m 57s +15° 02’ 14” 16.69 Taurus
2020 Feb 22 04h 35m 21s +14° 55’ 24” 16.71 Taurus
2020 Feb 23 04h 37m 45s +14° 48’ 42” 16.74 Taurus
2020 Feb 24 04h 40m 09s +14° 42’ 06” 16.77 Taurus
2020 Feb 25 04h 42m 33s +14° 35’ 39” 16.79 Taurus
2020 Feb 26 04h 44m 57s +14° 29’ 17” 16.82 Orion
2020 Feb 27 04h 47m 22s +14° 23’ 03” 16.85 Orion
2020 Feb 28 04h 49m 46s +14° 16’ 54” 16.87 Orion
2020 Feb 29 04h 52m 12s +14° 10’ 50” 16.90 Orion
2020 Mar 01 04h 54m 37s +14° 04’ 54” 16.93 Orion
2020 Mar 02 04h 57m 02s +13° 59’ 00” 16.96 Orion
2020 Mar 03 04h 59m 27s +13° 53’ 12” 16.99 Orion