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Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff

Altitude: -61.0°   Azimuth: 8.3°   Direction: North

Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius.

The current Right Ascension of Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff is 17h 58m 13s and the Declination is -22° 40’ 00” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff is 26.87 (JPL).

17h 58m 13s
-22° 40’ 00”

The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted 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.

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 112.7°
Max altitude: 15.9°
Azimuth: 247.3°
  • 114P/Wiseman-Skiff is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Given its current magnitude, 114P/Wiseman-Skiff is visible only through long exposure photography.
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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.

Finder chart of 114P/Wiseman-Skiff in Sagittarius on November,29 2023
Map showing Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff in Sagittarius on November, 29 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 114P/Wiseman-Skiff
Map showing Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff in Sagittarius on November, 29 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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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: 17h 58m 13s
Dec: -22° 40’ 00”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff from Earth is currently 942,037,765 kilometers, equivalent to 6.297134 Astronomical Units. Light takes 52 minutes and 22.2997 seconds to travel from Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff and arrive to us.

52 minutes and 22.2997 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.

Chart of the distance of Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff to Earth happens on Wed Dec 8 2100 at a distance of 0.480766 Astronomical Units, or 71,921,542 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 and Light Curve

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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff as a function of time

Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff at epoch 08 April 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458217.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.55447961
Orbit inclination i 18.27303860°
Perihelion distance q 1.57940877 AU
236,276,190 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.51076619 AU
824,398,889 km
Semi-major axis a 3.54508748 AU
530,337,539 km
Orbital period period 6.6750 years
2,438.0290 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Jan-14 05:43:15
2,458,862.7384 JD
Next perihelion transit 2026-Sep-17 06:24
2,461,300.7673 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 172.84336609914°
Longitude of the ascending node node 271.06205726761°
Mean anomaly M 264.72393106516°
Mean motion n 0.14766026°/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
2023 Nov 22 17h 52m 32s -22° 45’ 03” 26.87 Sagittarius
2023 Nov 23 17h 53m 20s -22° 44’ 22” 26.87 Sagittarius
2023 Nov 24 17h 54m 06s -22° 43’ 41” 26.87 Sagittarius
2023 Nov 25 17h 54m 55s -22° 43’ 00” 26.87 Sagittarius
2023 Nov 26 17h 55m 44s -22° 42’ 16” 26.87 Sagittarius
2023 Nov 27 17h 56m 31s -22° 41’ 34” 26.87 Sagittarius
2023 Nov 28 17h 57m 20s -22° 40’ 49” 26.87 Sagittarius
2023 Nov 29 17h 58m 09s -22° 40’ 03” 26.87 Sagittarius
2023 Nov 30 17h 58m 59s -22° 39’ 16” 26.87 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 01 17h 59m 48s -22° 38’ 29” 26.88 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 02 18h 00m 38s -22° 37’ 41” 26.88 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 03 18h 01m 27s -22° 36’ 51” 26.88 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 04 18h 02m 17s -22° 36’ 01” 26.88 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 05 18h 03m 06s -22° 35’ 08” 26.88 Sagittarius