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Comet 116P/Wild 4

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Comet 116P/Wild 4 Position

Comet 116P/Wild 4 is currently in the constellation of Aries. The current Right Ascension is 01h 49m 38s and the Declination is +11° 55’ 37”.

01h 49m 38s
+11° 55’ 37”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 116P/Wild 4 is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 116P/Wild 4 in Aries on October, 18 2019
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 116P/Wild 4 is right now (view fullscreen)

116P/Wild 4
RA: 01h 49m 38s
Dec: +11° 55’ 37”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 116P/Wild 4
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Also check out Where is Comet 116P/Wild 4?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 116P/Wild 4 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 116P/Wild 4 Distance

The distance of Comet 116P/Wild 4 from Earth is currently 554,415,391 kilometers, equivalent to 3.706038 Astronomical Units. Light takes 30 minutes and 49.3307 seconds to travel from Comet 116P/Wild 4 and arrive to us.

30 minutes and 49.3307 seconds

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.

Distance of Comet 116P/Wild 4 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 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 0.76095310 Astronomical Units, or 113,836,964 kilometers:

Tue May 22 2085

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet 116P/Wild 4 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 116P/Wild 4 is 22.98.


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 behvior 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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 116P/Wild 4 between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 116P/Wild 4 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 116P/Wild 4 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 78.1°
Max altitude: 50.4°
Azimuth: 281.9°
Comet 116P/Wild 4 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 116P/Wild 4 touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere 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

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

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.37239332
Orbit inclination i 3.60791149°
Perihelion distance q 2.18709943 AU
327,185,418 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.78255050 AU
715,459,373 km
Semi-major axis a 3.48482496 AU
521,322,395 km
Orbital period period 6.5100 years
2,376.1283 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Jan-11 13:00:42
2,457,399.0422 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Jul-14 16:05
2,459,775.1704 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 173.31491372023°
Longitude of the ascending node node 20.992465715482°
Mean anomaly M 5.0690955215247°
Mean motion n 0.15150697°/day

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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet 116P/Wild 4
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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.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Oct 11 01h 54m 06s +12° 17’ 20” 23.01 Aries
2019 Oct 12 01h 53m 29s +12° 14’ 18” 23.00 Aries
2019 Oct 13 01h 52m 50s +12° 11’ 17” 23.00 Aries
2019 Oct 14 01h 52m 13s +12° 08’ 12” 23.00 Aries
2019 Oct 15 01h 51m 34s +12° 05’ 06” 22.99 Aries
2019 Oct 16 01h 50m 56s +12° 01’ 58” 22.99 Aries
2019 Oct 17 01h 50m 17s +11° 58’ 49” 22.99 Aries
2019 Oct 18 01h 49m 38s +11° 55’ 37” 22.98 Aries
2019 Oct 19 01h 48m 59s +11° 52’ 24” 22.98 Aries
2019 Oct 20 01h 48m 20s +11° 49’ 12” 22.98 Aries
2019 Oct 21 01h 47m 40s +11° 45’ 56” 22.98 Aries
2019 Oct 22 01h 47m 02s +11° 42’ 42” 22.97 Aries
2019 Oct 23 01h 46m 22s +11° 39’ 25” 22.97 Pisces
2019 Oct 24 01h 45m 42s +11° 36’ 08” 22.97 Pisces