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Comet 24P/Schaumasse

Altitude: 14.1°   Azimuth: 163.7°   Direction: South-South-East

Comet 24P/Schaumasse is currently in the constellation of Aquarius. The current Right Ascension of Comet 24P/Schaumasse is 22h 36m 39s and the Declination is -22° 57’ 12” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 24P/Schaumasse is 27.91 (JPL).

22h 36m 39s
-22° 57’ 12”

The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted 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.

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet 24P/Schaumasse from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 113.0°
Max altitude: 15.6°
Azimuth: 247.1°
  • 24P/Schaumasse is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the South-South-East direction at an altitude of 14° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 24P/Schaumasse is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Available Resources

Comet 24P/Schaumasse Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 24P/Schaumasse 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.

Finder chart of 24P/Schaumasse in Aquarius on October,02 2023
Map showing Comet 24P/Schaumasse in Aquarius on October, 02 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 24P/Schaumasse
Map showing Comet 24P/Schaumasse in Aquarius on October, 02 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 24P/Schaumasse is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 22h 36m 39s
Dec: -22° 57’ 12”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 24P/Schaumasse
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 24P/Schaumasse?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 24P/Schaumasse in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 24P/Schaumasse Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 24P/Schaumasse from Earth is currently 765,387,353 kilometers, equivalent to 5.116298 Astronomical Units. Light takes 42 minutes and 33.0574 seconds to travel from Comet 24P/Schaumasse and arrive to us.

42 minutes and 33.0574 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 24P/Schaumasse 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.

Chart of the distance of Comet 24P/Schaumasse from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 24P/Schaumasse from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet 24P/Schaumasse to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 24P/Schaumasse to Earth happens on Mon Jan 27 2059 at a distance of 0.290050 Astronomical Units, or 43,390,833 kilometers:

Mon Jan 27 2059

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

Comet 24P/Schaumasse Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 24P/Schaumasse, 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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet 24P/Schaumasse as a function of time

Comet 24P/Schaumasse Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 24P/Schaumasse at epoch 23 November 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457350.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.70483774
Orbit inclination i 11.73398000°
Perihelion distance q 1.20616902 AU
180,440,318 km
Aphelion distance Q 6.96675266 AU
1,042,211,366 km
Semi-major axis a 4.08646084 AU
611,325,842 km
Orbital period period 8.2609 years
3,017.3066 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Nov-16 18:15:34
2,458,074.2608 JD
Next perihelion transit 2026-Feb-20 01:37
2,461,091.5674 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 58.002321488524°
Longitude of the ascending node node 79.665777754767°
Mean anomaly M 273.6468611087°
Mean motion n 0.11931171°/day

Visualization of Comet 24P/Schaumasse Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 24P/Schaumasse with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 24P/Schaumasse 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 24P/Schaumasse
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Comet 24P/Schaumasse 15 Days Ephemeris

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

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Sep 25 22h 40m 37s -22° 44’ 53” 27.92 Aquarius
2023 Sep 26 22h 40m 05s -22° 46’ 44” 27.92 Aquarius
2023 Sep 27 22h 39m 34s -22° 48’ 30” 27.92 Aquarius
2023 Sep 28 22h 39m 03s -22° 50’ 12” 27.92 Aquarius
2023 Sep 29 22h 38m 32s -22° 51’ 47” 27.92 Aquarius
2023 Sep 30 22h 38m 03s -22° 53’ 18” 27.92 Aquarius
2023 Oct 01 22h 37m 32s -22° 54’ 45” 27.91 Aquarius
2023 Oct 02 22h 37m 04s -22° 56’ 04” 27.91 Aquarius
2023 Oct 03 22h 36m 34s -22° 57’ 20” 27.91 Aquarius
2023 Oct 04 22h 36m 06s -22° 58’ 31” 27.91 Aquarius
2023 Oct 05 22h 35m 39s -22° 59’ 35” 27.91 Aquarius
2023 Oct 06 22h 35m 12s -23° 00’ 36” 27.91 Aquarius
2023 Oct 07 22h 34m 45s -23° 01’ 29” 27.91 Aquarius
2023 Oct 08 22h 34m 18s -23° 02’ 18” 27.91 Aquarius