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Comet 246P/NEAT

Comet 246P/NEAT is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension of Comet 246P/NEAT is 19h 29m 12s and the Declination is -33° 44’ 23” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 246P/NEAT is 15.91 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 15.3 (COBS).

Summary of key facts about Comet 246P/NEAT [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]:

19h 29m 12s
-33° 44’ 23”

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Comet 246P/NEAT Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 246P/NEAT 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 246P/NEAT in Sagittarius on October, 26 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 246P/NEAT in Sagittarius on October, 26 2021
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 246P/NEAT is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 19h 29m 12s
Dec: -33° 44’ 23”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 246P/NEAT
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 246P/NEAT?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 246P/NEAT in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 246P/NEAT Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 246P/NEAT from Earth is currently 483,445,645 kilometers, equivalent to 3.231635 Astronomical Units. Light takes 26 minutes and 52.6011 seconds to travel from Comet 246P/NEAT and arrive to us.

26 minutes and 52.6011 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 246P/NEAT 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 246P/NEAT 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 246P/NEAT from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 246P/NEAT to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 246P/NEAT to Earth happens on Thu Jul 1 2021 at a distance of 1.944324 Astronomical Units, or 290,866,772 kilometers:

Thu Jul 1 2021

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

Comet 246P/NEAT brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 246P/NEAT is 15.91.


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 246P/NEAT, 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 246P/NEAT between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 246P/NEAT 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 246P/NEAT rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 123.7°
Max altitude: 4.8°
Azimuth: 236.3°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 246P/NEAT 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 246P/NEAT 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 246P/NEAT computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 246P/NEAT in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Oct 19 19h 20m 12s -34° 07’ 35” 15.79 Sagittarius
2021 Oct 20 19h 21m 23s -34° 04’ 37” 15.81 Sagittarius
2021 Oct 21 19h 22m 32s -34° 01’ 39” 15.82 Sagittarius
2021 Oct 22 19h 23m 44s -33° 58’ 37” 15.84 Sagittarius
2021 Oct 23 19h 24m 55s -33° 55’ 32” 15.85 Sagittarius
2021 Oct 24 19h 26m 08s -33° 52’ 26” 15.87 Sagittarius
2021 Oct 25 19h 27m 20s -33° 49’ 15” 15.88 Sagittarius
2021 Oct 26 19h 28m 33s -33° 46’ 02” 15.90 Sagittarius
2021 Oct 27 19h 29m 48s -33° 42’ 47” 15.91 Sagittarius
2021 Oct 28 19h 31m 02s -33° 39’ 28” 15.93 Sagittarius
2021 Oct 29 19h 32m 18s -33° 36’ 06” 15.94 Sagittarius
2021 Oct 30 19h 33m 34s -33° 32’ 43” 15.96 Sagittarius
2021 Oct 31 19h 34m 51s -33° 29’ 16” 15.97 Sagittarius
2021 Nov 01 19h 36m 08s -33° 25’ 45” 15.99 Sagittarius