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Comet 116P/Wild 4

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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 in Aquarius on April, 23 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
23h 42m 52s
-03° 45’ 12”
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 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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.

Azimuth: 93.8°
Max altitude: 34.8°
Azimuth: 266.2°

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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet 116P/Wild 4
View Comet 116P/Wild 4 in the 3D Solar System Simulator

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.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
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.

Distance of Comet 116P/Wild 4 from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 116P/Wild 4 between January 2013 and December 2075

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
Closest approach to Earth* 2061-Mar-15
Distance of closest approach* 1.02181726 AU
152,861,686 km

* 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.