Comet 116P/Wild 4
Comet 116P/Wild 4 is currently in the constellation of Taurus. The current Right Ascension of Comet 116P/Wild 4 is 03h 38m 43s and the Declination is +22° 45’ 06” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 116P/Wild 4 is 20.78 (JPL).
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Comet 116P/Wild 4 Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 116P/Wild 4 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.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 116P/Wild 4 is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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Comet 116P/Wild 4 Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 116P/Wild 4 from Earth is currently 494,651,155 kilometers, equivalent to 3.306539 Astronomical Units. Light takes 27 minutes and 29.9786 seconds to travel from Comet 116P/Wild 4 and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 116P/Wild 4 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.
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 116P/Wild 4 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet 116P/Wild 4 to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 116P/Wild 4 to Earth happens on Tue May 22 2085 at a distance of 0.760953 Astronomical Units, or 113,836,967 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 116P/Wild 4 brightness
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 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 rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 116P/Wild 4 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 116P/Wild 4 Orbital Elements
|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°|
Visualization of Comet 116P/Wild 4 Orbit
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 15 Days 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.
|2021 Jan 21||03h 38m 39s||+22° 48’ 33”||20.78||Taurus|
|2021 Jan 22||03h 38m 35s||+22° 47’ 53”||20.78||Taurus|
|2021 Jan 23||03h 38m 34s||+22° 47’ 17”||20.78||Taurus|
|2021 Jan 24||03h 38m 33s||+22° 46’ 45”||20.78||Taurus|
|2021 Jan 25||03h 38m 33s||+22° 46’ 15”||20.78||Taurus|
|2021 Jan 26||03h 38m 35s||+22° 45’ 51”||20.78||Taurus|
|2021 Jan 27||03h 38m 38s||+22° 45’ 29”||20.78||Taurus|
|2021 Jan 28||03h 38m 42s||+22° 45’ 12”||20.78||Taurus|
|2021 Jan 29||03h 38m 47s||+22° 44’ 58”||20.78||Taurus|
|2021 Jan 30||03h 38m 53s||+22° 44’ 48”||20.78||Taurus|
|2021 Jan 31||03h 39m 01s||+22° 44’ 43”||20.78||Taurus|
|2021 Feb 01||03h 39m 08s||+22° 44’ 40”||20.78||Taurus|
|2021 Feb 02||03h 39m 19s||+22° 44’ 43”||20.78||Taurus|
|2021 Feb 03||03h 39m 29s||+22° 44’ 48”||20.78||Taurus|