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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet 116P/Wild 4

Comet 116P/Wild 4 is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension of Comet 116P/Wild 4 is 18h 01m 42s and the Declination is -25° 46’ 41” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 116P/Wild 4 is 17.24 (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]:

18h 01m 42s
-25° 46’ 41”
  • 116P/Wild 4 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South direction at an altitude of 12° 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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Additional information about Comet 116P/Wild 4 available on TheSkyLive:

Available Resources

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 Sagittarius on January, 29 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 116P/Wild 4 in Sagittarius on January, 29 2023
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: 18h 01m 42s
Dec: -25° 46’ 41”
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 488,530,947 kilometers, equivalent to 3.265628 Astronomical Units. Light takes 27 minutes and 9.5638 seconds to travel from Comet 116P/Wild 4 and arrive to us.

27 minutes and 9.5638 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 0.522534 Astronomical Units, or 78,170,035 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 17.24.


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: 115.8°
Max altitude: 12.7°
Azimuth: 244.2°

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 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 116P/Wild 4 at epoch 27 January 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457415.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.37240687
Orbit inclination i 3.60790432°
Perihelion distance q 2.18709467 AU
327,184,706 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.78269061 AU
715,480,334 km
Semi-major axis a 3.48489264 AU
521,332,520 km
Orbital period period 6.5057 years
2,376.1975 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Jan-11 12:58:16
2,457,399.0405 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Jul-14 17:42
2,459,775.2380 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 173.31468150237°
Longitude of the ascending node node 20.992247398981°
Mean anomaly M 2.4936616902135°
Mean motion n 0.15150256°/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
View Comet 116P/Wild 4 in the 3D Solar System Simulator

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
2023 Jan 22 17h 47m 34s -25° 38’ 57” 17.19 Sagittarius
2023 Jan 23 17h 49m 31s -25° 40’ 14” 17.20 Sagittarius
2023 Jan 24 17h 51m 27s -25° 41’ 29” 17.20 Sagittarius
2023 Jan 25 17h 53m 22s -25° 42’ 38” 17.21 Sagittarius
2023 Jan 26 17h 55m 18s -25° 43’ 41” 17.22 Sagittarius
2023 Jan 27 17h 57m 12s -25° 44’ 39” 17.22 Sagittarius
2023 Jan 28 17h 59m 07s -25° 45’ 33” 17.23 Sagittarius
2023 Jan 29 18h 01m 00s -25° 46’ 22” 17.24 Sagittarius
2023 Jan 30 18h 02m 53s -25° 47’ 06” 17.24 Sagittarius
2023 Jan 31 18h 04m 46s -25° 47’ 44” 17.25 Sagittarius
2023 Feb 01 18h 06m 38s -25° 48’ 20” 17.25 Sagittarius
2023 Feb 02 18h 08m 30s -25° 48’ 50” 17.26 Sagittarius
2023 Feb 03 18h 10m 22s -25° 49’ 15” 17.27 Sagittarius
2023 Feb 04 18h 12m 12s -25° 49’ 36” 17.27 Sagittarius