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Comet 24P/Schaumasse

Comet 24P/Schaumasse is currently in the constellation of Capricornus. The current Right Ascension of Comet 24P/Schaumasse is 21h 36m 54s and the Declination is -24° 03’ 34” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 24P/Schaumasse is 29.46 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 24P/Schaumasse [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]:

21h 36m 54s
-24° 03’ 34”
  • 24P/Schaumasse is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-South-East direction at an altitude of 12° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 24P/Schaumasse is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 24P/Schaumasse rise and set times.
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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.

Map showing Comet 24P/Schaumasse in Capricornus on May, 15 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 24P/Schaumasse in Capricornus on May, 15 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 24P/Schaumasse is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 21h 36m 54s
Dec: -24° 03’ 34”
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 995,303,659 kilometers, equivalent to 6.653194 Astronomical Units. Light takes 55 minutes and 19.9756 seconds to travel from Comet 24P/Schaumasse and arrive to us.

55 minutes and 19.9756 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 0.290050 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 29.46.


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: 114.1°
Max altitude: 14.5°
Azimuth: 245.9°

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
2021 May 08 21h 35m 53s -23° 56’ 21” 29.49 Capricornus
2021 May 09 21h 36m 02s -23° 57’ 11” 29.49 Capricornus
2021 May 10 21h 36m 12s -23° 58’ 05” 29.48 Capricornus
2021 May 11 21h 36m 21s -23° 59’ 02” 29.48 Capricornus
2021 May 12 21h 36m 30s -24° 00’ 02” 29.47 Capricornus
2021 May 13 21h 36m 38s -24° 01’ 05” 29.47 Capricornus
2021 May 14 21h 36m 46s -24° 02’ 11” 29.47 Capricornus
2021 May 15 21h 36m 52s -24° 03’ 20” 29.46 Capricornus
2021 May 16 21h 36m 59s -24° 04’ 32” 29.46 Capricornus
2021 May 17 21h 37m 05s -24° 05’ 48” 29.45 Capricornus
2021 May 18 21h 37m 09s -24° 07’ 05” 29.45 Capricornus
2021 May 19 21h 37m 14s -24° 08’ 27” 29.45 Capricornus
2021 May 20 21h 37m 18s -24° 09’ 52” 29.44 Capricornus
2021 May 21 21h 37m 20s -24° 11’ 20” 29.44 Capricornus