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Comet 199P/Shoemaker 4

Comet 199P/Shoemaker 4 is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension of Comet 199P/Shoemaker 4 is 14h 34m 23s and the Declination is +01° 23’ 48” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 199P/Shoemaker 4 is 19.40 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 199P/Shoemaker 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]:

14h 34m 23s
+01° 23’ 48”
  • 199P/Shoemaker 4 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-South-East direction at an altitude of 36° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 199P/Shoemaker 4 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 199P/Shoemaker 4 rise and set times.
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Comet 199P/Shoemaker 4 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 199P/Shoemaker 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 199P/Shoemaker 4 in Virgo on October, 05 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 199P/Shoemaker 4 in Virgo on October, 05 2022
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 199P/Shoemaker 4 is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

199P/Shoemaker 4
RA: 14h 34m 23s
Dec: +01° 23’ 48”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 199P/Shoemaker 4
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 199P/Shoemaker 4?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 199P/Shoemaker 4 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 199P/Shoemaker 4 Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 199P/Shoemaker 4 from Earth is currently 664,494,556 kilometers, equivalent to 4.441872 Astronomical Units. Light takes 36 minutes and 56.5153 seconds to travel from Comet 199P/Shoemaker 4 and arrive to us.

36 minutes and 56.5153 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 199P/Shoemaker 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 199P/Shoemaker 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 199P/Shoemaker 4 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 199P/Shoemaker 4 to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 199P/Shoemaker 4 to Earth happens on Mon Jul 1 2080 at a distance of 1.904339 Astronomical Units, or 284,885,118 kilometers:

Mon Jul 1 2080

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

Comet 199P/Shoemaker 4 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 199P/Shoemaker 4 is 19.40.


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 199P/Shoemaker 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 199P/Shoemaker 4 between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 199P/Shoemaker 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 199P/Shoemaker 4 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 88.6°
Max altitude: 39.9°
Azimuth: 271.3°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 199P/Shoemaker 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 199P/Shoemaker 4 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 199P/Shoemaker 4 at epoch 09 February 2009 00:00 UTC (JD: 2454872.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.50778118
Orbit inclination i 24.76497749°
Perihelion distance q 2.93541074 AU
439,131,198 km
Aphelion distance Q 8.99184864 AU
1,345,161,413 km
Semi-major axis a 5.96362969 AU
892,146,306 km
Orbital period period 14.5638 years
5,319.4218 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2009-Apr-09 21:34:16
2,454,931.3988 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Nov-02 07:41
2,460,250.8206 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 191.93508802605°
Longitude of the ascending node node 92.948125206371°
Mean anomaly M 356.01393368245°
Mean motion n 0.06767653°/day

Visualization of Comet 199P/Shoemaker 4 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 199P/Shoemaker 4 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 199P/Shoemaker 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 199P/Shoemaker 4
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Comet 199P/Shoemaker 4 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 199P/Shoemaker 4 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 199P/Shoemaker 4 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2022 Sep 28 14h 25m 54s +02° 36’ 15” 19.45 Virgo
2022 Sep 29 14h 27m 01s +02° 26’ 30” 19.44 Virgo
2022 Sep 30 14h 28m 08s +02° 16’ 47” 19.44 Virgo
2022 Oct 01 14h 29m 16s +02° 07’ 05” 19.43 Virgo
2022 Oct 02 14h 30m 23s +01° 57’ 25” 19.43 Virgo
2022 Oct 03 14h 31m 31s +01° 47’ 48” 19.42 Virgo
2022 Oct 04 14h 32m 39s +01° 38’ 12” 19.41 Virgo
2022 Oct 05 14h 33m 48s +01° 28’ 36” 19.41 Virgo
2022 Oct 06 14h 34m 58s +01° 19’ 02” 19.40 Virgo
2022 Oct 07 14h 36m 06s +01° 09’ 32” 19.39 Virgo
2022 Oct 08 14h 37m 17s +01° 00’ 02” 19.39 Virgo
2022 Oct 09 14h 38m 26s +00° 50’ 35” 19.38 Virgo
2022 Oct 10 14h 39m 38s +00° 41’ 08” 19.37 Virgo
2022 Oct 11 14h 40m 47s +00° 31’ 45” 19.37 Virgo