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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 06h 19m 46s and the Declination is +10° 59’ 41”.

06h 19m 46s
+10° 59’ 41”

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 April, 05 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: 06h 19m 46s
Dec: +10° 59’ 41”
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 249,050,055 kilometers, equivalent to 1.664797 Astronomical Units. Light takes 13 minutes and 50.7416 seconds to travel from Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff and arrive to us.

13 minutes and 50.7416 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 Thu Dec 9 2100 at a distance of 0.48058999 Astronomical Units, or 71,895,239 kilometers:

Thu Dec 9 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 18.05.


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: 79.0°
Max altitude: 49.5°
Azimuth: 281.0°
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 08 October 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458035.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.55446371
Orbit inclination i 18.27414914°
Perihelion distance q 1.57932010 AU
236,262,925 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.51020392 AU
824,314,775 km
Semi-major axis a 3.54476201 AU
530,288,850 km
Orbital period period 6.6700 years
2,437.6932 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Jan-14 07:39:21
2,458,862.8190 JD
Next perihelion transit 2026-Sep-17 00:17
2,461,300.5122 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 172.85344058861°
Longitude of the ascending node node 271.06312871519°
Mean anomaly M 237.82103338055°
Mean motion n 0.14768060°/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 Mar 29 06h 02m 24s +11° 37’ 09” 17.84 Orion
2020 Mar 30 06h 04m 48s +11° 32’ 03” 17.87 Orion
2020 Mar 31 06h 07m 12s +11° 26’ 57” 17.90 Orion
2020 Apr 01 06h 09m 36s +11° 21’ 50” 17.93 Orion
2020 Apr 02 06h 12m 00s +11° 16’ 40” 17.96 Orion
2020 Apr 03 06h 14m 22s +11° 11’ 30” 17.98 Orion
2020 Apr 04 06h 16m 45s +11° 06’ 16” 18.01 Orion
2020 Apr 05 06h 19m 09s +11° 01’ 04” 18.04 Orion
2020 Apr 06 06h 21m 32s +10° 55’ 47” 18.07 Orion
2020 Apr 07 06h 23m 54s +10° 50’ 30” 18.10 Orion
2020 Apr 08 06h 26m 17s +10° 45’ 11” 18.13 Monoceros
2020 Apr 09 06h 28m 40s +10° 39’ 50” 18.16 Monoceros
2020 Apr 10 06h 31m 01s +10° 34’ 27” 18.19 Monoceros
2020 Apr 11 06h 33m 23s +10° 29’ 00” 18.22 Monoceros