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Comet 24P/Schaumasse

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Comet 24P/Schaumasse Position

Comet 24P/Schaumasse is currently in the constellation of Capricornus. The current Right Ascension is 20h 36m 40s and the Declination is -25° 29’ 21”.

20h 36m 40s
-25° 29’ 21”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 24P/Schaumasse is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 24P/Schaumasse in Capricornus on March, 29 2020
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 24P/Schaumasse is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 20h 36m 40s
Dec: -25° 29’ 21”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 24P/Schaumasse
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Comet 24P/Schaumasse Distance

The distance of Comet 24P/Schaumasse from Earth is currently 957,444,104 kilometers, equivalent to 6.400119 Astronomical Units. Light takes 53 minutes and 13.6898 seconds to travel from Comet 24P/Schaumasse and arrive to us.

53 minutes and 13.6898 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.

Distance of Comet 24P/Schaumasse 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 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 January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 24P/Schaumasse to Earth happens on Mon Jan 27 2059 at a distance of 0.29004955 Astronomical Units, or 43,390,795 kilometers:

Mon Jan 27 2059

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

Comet 24P/Schaumasse brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 24P/Schaumasse is 28.53.


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 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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 24P/Schaumasse between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 24P/Schaumasse 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 24P/Schaumasse rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 115.5°
Max altitude: 13.0°
Azimuth: 244.5°
Comet 24P/Schaumasse is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 24P/Schaumasse 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 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 8.2600 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
2020 Mar 22 20h 32m 49s -25° 32’ 39” 28.53 Capricornus
2020 Mar 23 20h 33m 20s -25° 32’ 08” 28.53 Capricornus
2020 Mar 24 20h 33m 51s -25° 31’ 36” 28.53 Capricornus
2020 Mar 25 20h 34m 21s -25° 31’ 09” 28.53 Capricornus
2020 Mar 26 20h 34m 50s -25° 30’ 42” 28.53 Capricornus
2020 Mar 27 20h 35m 20s -25° 30’ 17” 28.53 Capricornus
2020 Mar 28 20h 35m 48s -25° 29’ 56” 28.53 Capricornus
2020 Mar 29 20h 36m 15s -25° 29’ 36” 28.53 Capricornus
2020 Mar 30 20h 36m 43s -25° 29’ 18” 28.53 Capricornus
2020 Mar 31 20h 37m 10s -25° 29’ 03” 28.52 Capricornus
2020 Apr 01 20h 37m 36s -25° 28’ 50” 28.52 Capricornus
2020 Apr 02 20h 38m 03s -25° 28’ 41” 28.52 Capricornus
2020 Apr 03 20h 38m 29s -25° 28’ 32” 28.52 Capricornus
2020 Apr 04 20h 38m 53s -25° 28’ 26” 28.52 Capricornus