Comet 116P/Wild 4
Comet 116P/Wild 4 Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 116P/Wild 4 is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.
More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.
Comet 116P/Wild 4 Rise and Set Times
Today's Comet 116P/Wild 4 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.
Comet 116P/Wild 4 Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 116P/Wild 4 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 116P/Wild 4 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!
Comet 116P/Wild 4 Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 116P/Wild 4 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 116P/Wild 4 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2018 Apr 16||23.31||23h 37m 08s||-04° 22’ 45”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 17||23.31||23h 37m 58s||-04° 17’ 17”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 18||23.31||23h 38m 48s||-04° 11’ 52”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 19||23.31||23h 39m 37s||-04° 06’ 29”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 20||23.31||23h 40m 27s||-04° 01’ 06”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 21||23.31||23h 41m 16s||-03° 55’ 46”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 22||23.31||23h 42m 05s||-03° 50’ 29”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 23||23.31||23h 42m 52s||-03° 45’ 12”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 24||23.31||23h 43m 41s||-03° 39’ 59”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 25||23.31||23h 44m 29s||-03° 34’ 46”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 26||23.31||23h 45m 16s||-03° 29’ 36”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 27||23.31||23h 46m 04s||-03° 24’ 29”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 28||23.31||23h 46m 50s||-03° 19’ 23”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 29||23.31||23h 47m 38s||-03° 14’ 18”||Pisces|
Distance of Comet 116P/Wild 4 from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 116P/Wild 4 from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval.
The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 116P/Wild 4 is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet 116P/Wild 4
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 116P/Wild 4, 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.
Comet 116P/Wild 4 Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 116P/Wild 4 at epoch 13 February 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457432.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||2.18709943 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2016-Jan-11 13:00:42
|Next perihelion transit||2022-Jul-14 16:05
|Argument of perihelion||peri||173.31491372023°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||20.992465715482°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2061-Mar-15|
|Distance of closest approach*||1.02181726 AU
* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.