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Comet 116P/Wild 4

Comet 116P/Wild 4 is currently in the constellation of Leo. The current Right Ascension of Comet 116P/Wild 4 is 09h 53m 21s and the Declination is +17° 09’ 57” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 116P/Wild 4 is 16.98 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 116P/Wild 4 [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

09h 53m 21s
+17° 09’ 57”
  • 116P/Wild 4 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West-South-West direction at an altitude of 42° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 116P/Wild 4 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 116P/Wild 4 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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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.

Map showing Comet 116P/Wild 4 in Leo on November, 28 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 116P/Wild 4 in Leo on November, 28 2021
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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.

116P/Wild 4
RA: 09h 53m 21s
Dec: +17° 09’ 57”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 116P/Wild 4
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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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 from Earth

The distance of Comet 116P/Wild 4 from Earth is currently 345,580,983 kilometers, equivalent to 2.310066 Astronomical Units. Light takes 19 minutes and 12.7341 seconds to travel from Comet 116P/Wild 4 and arrive to us.

19 minutes and 12.7341 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 Sun Apr 15 2085 at a distance of 0.521431 Astronomical Units, or 78,004,947 kilometers:

Sun Apr 15 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 16.98.


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 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.

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: 72.9°
Max altitude: 55.7°
Azimuth: 287.2°

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 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
2021 Nov 21 09h 46m 59s +17° 33’ 38” 17.16 Leo
2021 Nov 22 09h 47m 53s +17° 30’ 11” 17.13 Leo
2021 Nov 23 09h 48m 47s +17° 26’ 48” 17.11 Leo
2021 Nov 24 09h 49m 41s +17° 23’ 30” 17.09 Leo
2021 Nov 25 09h 50m 34s +17° 20’ 14” 17.06 Leo
2021 Nov 26 09h 51m 24s +17° 17’ 06” 17.04 Leo
2021 Nov 27 09h 52m 15s +17° 14’ 00” 17.01 Leo
2021 Nov 28 09h 53m 04s +17° 11’ 00” 16.99 Leo
2021 Nov 29 09h 53m 53s +17° 08’ 06” 16.96 Leo
2021 Nov 30 09h 54m 41s +17° 05’ 16” 16.94 Leo
2021 Dec 01 09h 55m 27s +17° 02’ 30” 16.92 Leo
2021 Dec 02 09h 56m 12s +16° 59’ 52” 16.89 Leo
2021 Dec 03 09h 56m 57s +16° 57’ 19” 16.87 Leo
2021 Dec 04 09h 57m 39s +16° 54’ 51” 16.84 Leo