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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 January, 22 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
22h 18m 45s
-12° 41’ 29”
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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: 102.7°
Max altitude: 25.8°
Azimuth: 257.3°

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
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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 Jan 15 22.85 22h 12m 14s -13° 21’ 05” Aquarius
2018 Jan 16 22.86 22h 13m 09s -13° 15’ 29” Aquarius
2018 Jan 17 22.87 22h 14m 04s -13° 09’ 52” Aquarius
2018 Jan 18 22.88 22h 15m 01s -13° 04’ 14” Aquarius
2018 Jan 19 22.89 22h 15m 56s -12° 58’ 35” Aquarius
2018 Jan 20 22.90 22h 16m 53s -12° 52’ 54” Aquarius
2018 Jan 21 22.91 22h 17m 48s -12° 47’ 12” Aquarius
2018 Jan 22 22.91 22h 18m 45s -12° 41’ 29” Aquarius
2018 Jan 23 22.92 22h 19m 41s -12° 35’ 44” Aquarius
2018 Jan 24 22.93 22h 20m 38s -12° 29’ 58” Aquarius
2018 Jan 25 22.94 22h 21m 34s -12° 24’ 11” Aquarius
2018 Jan 26 22.95 22h 22m 32s -12° 18’ 24” Aquarius
2018 Jan 27 22.96 22h 23m 29s -12° 12’ 34” Aquarius
2018 Jan 28 22.97 22h 24m 25s -12° 06’ 45” Aquarius

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 16 February 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457435.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.37238776
Orbit inclination i 3.60790978°
Perihelion distance q 2.18709938 AU
327,185,411 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.78248861 AU
715,450,114 km
Semi-major axis a 3.48479400 AU
521,317,763 km
Orbital period period 6.5100 years
2,376.0966 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Jan-11 13:00:09
2,457,399.0418 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Jul-14 15:19
2,459,775.1384 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 173.31482470714°
Longitude of the ascending node node 20.992443586325°
Mean anomaly M 5.5237481564103°
Mean motion n 0.15150899°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2061-Mar-15
Distance of closest approach* 1.02181966 AU
152,862,046 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.