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Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1

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Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.

More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 in Aquarius on February, 22 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
22h 14m 05s
-07° 58’ 31”
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 98.0°
Max altitude: 30.5°
Azimuth: 262.0°

Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 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 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1
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Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Feb 15 15.20 22h 08m 41s -08° 32’ 58” Aquarius
2018 Feb 16 15.20 22h 09m 28s -08° 28’ 05” Aquarius
2018 Feb 17 15.20 22h 10m 14s -08° 23’ 12” Aquarius
2018 Feb 18 15.20 22h 11m 00s -08° 18’ 16” Aquarius
2018 Feb 19 15.20 22h 11m 47s -08° 13’ 22” Aquarius
2018 Feb 20 15.20 22h 12m 33s -08° 08’ 26” Aquarius
2018 Feb 21 15.20 22h 13m 19s -08° 03’ 29” Aquarius
2018 Feb 22 15.20 22h 14m 05s -07° 58’ 31” Aquarius
2018 Feb 23 15.20 22h 14m 52s -07° 53’ 33” Aquarius
2018 Feb 24 15.20 22h 15m 38s -07° 48’ 33” Aquarius
2018 Feb 25 15.20 22h 16m 23s -07° 43’ 33” Aquarius
2018 Feb 26 15.20 22h 17m 09s -07° 38’ 34” Aquarius
2018 Feb 27 15.20 22h 17m 56s -07° 33’ 33” Aquarius
2018 Feb 28 15.20 22h 18m 42s -07° 28’ 31” Aquarius

Distance of Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval.

The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1, 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 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 at epoch 18 July 2009 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455031.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.04512989
Orbit inclination i 9.39436074°
Perihelion distance q 5.71760645 AU
855,341,752 km
Aphelion distance Q 6.25806727 AU
936,193,540 km
Semi-major axis a 5.98783686 AU
895,767,646 km
Orbital period period 14.6500 years
5,351.8430 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2004-Jul-04 03:21:26
2,453,190.6399 JD
Next perihelion transit 2019-Feb-27 23:35
2,458,542.4829 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 48.415765357031°
Longitude of the ascending node node 312.63449158037°
Mean anomaly M 123.82830363546°
Mean motion n 0.06726655°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2034-Oct-13
Distance of closest approach* 4.72586022 AU
706,978,627 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.