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Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova

Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova is currently in the constellation of Aries. The current Right Ascension of Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova is 01h 53m 02s and the Declination is +10° 50’ 40” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova is 30.72 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova [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]:

01h 53m 02s
+10° 50’ 40”
  • 134P/Kowal-Vavrova is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West-South-West direction at an altitude of 24° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 134P/Kowal-Vavrova is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 134P/Kowal-Vavrova rise and set times.
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Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova 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 134P/Kowal-Vavrova in Aries on October, 27 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova in Aries on October, 27 2020
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 134P/Kowal-Vavrova is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 01h 53m 02s
Dec: +10° 50’ 40”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova from Earth is currently 1,302,960,092 kilometers, equivalent to 8.709750 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 12 minutes and 26.2070 seconds to travel from Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova and arrive to us.

1 hours, 12 minutes and 26.2070 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova 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 134P/Kowal-Vavrova 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 134P/Kowal-Vavrova from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova to Earth happens on Sat May 3 2092 at a distance of 1.563238 Astronomical Units, or 233,857,032 kilometers:

Sat May 3 2092

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova is 30.72.


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 134P/Kowal-Vavrova, 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 134P/Kowal-Vavrova between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova 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 134P/Kowal-Vavrova rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 79.2°
Max altitude: 49.3°
Azimuth: 280.8°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova 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 134P/Kowal-Vavrova Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova at epoch 18 December 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457375.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.58786859
Orbit inclination i 4.34883155°
Perihelion distance q 2.57135534 AU
384,669,284 km
Aphelion distance Q 9.90697218 AU
1,482,061,947 km
Semi-major axis a 6.23916376 AU
933,365,616 km
Orbital period period 15.5800 years
5,692.3029 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-May-21 15:23:02
2,456,799.1410 JD
Next perihelion transit 2029-Dec-20 22:39
2,462,491.4439 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 18.629079869217°
Longitude of the ascending node node 202.09792586367°
Mean anomaly M 36.450842715109°
Mean motion n 0.06324330°/day

Visualization of Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova 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 134P/Kowal-Vavrova
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Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 134P/Kowal-Vavrova in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Oct 20 01h 55m 30s +11° 04’ 54” 30.72 Aries
2020 Oct 21 01h 55m 09s +11° 02’ 54” 30.72 Aries
2020 Oct 22 01h 54m 48s +11° 00’ 56” 30.72 Aries
2020 Oct 23 01h 54m 28s +10° 58’ 56” 30.72 Aries
2020 Oct 24 01h 54m 07s +10° 56’ 57” 30.72 Aries
2020 Oct 25 01h 53m 47s +10° 54’ 57” 30.72 Aries
2020 Oct 26 01h 53m 26s +10° 52’ 59” 30.72 Aries
2020 Oct 27 01h 53m 06s +10° 50’ 59” 30.72 Aries
2020 Oct 28 01h 52m 45s +10° 49’ 00” 30.73 Aries
2020 Oct 29 01h 52m 24s +10° 47’ 02” 30.73 Aries
2020 Oct 30 01h 52m 05s +10° 45’ 03” 30.73 Aries
2020 Oct 31 01h 51m 45s +10° 43’ 05” 30.73 Aries
2020 Nov 01 01h 51m 24s +10° 41’ 08” 30.73 Aries
2020 Nov 02 01h 51m 05s +10° 39’ 11” 30.73 Aries