Comet 116P/Wild 4
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 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.
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!
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.
|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.
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.
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
|Perihelion distance||q||2.18709938 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2016-Jan-11 13:00:09
|Next perihelion transit||2022-Jul-14 15:19
|Argument of perihelion||peri||173.31482470714°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||20.992443586325°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2061-Mar-15|
|Distance of closest approach*||1.02181966 AU
* 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.