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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 Capricornus on October, 18 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
21h 04m 13s
-14° 42’ 25”
 = 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: 104.7°
Max altitude: 23.8°
Azimuth: 255.3°

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
2017 Oct 11 14.57 21h 04m 06s -14° 45’ 59” Capricornus
2017 Oct 12 14.58 21h 04m 05s -14° 45’ 37” Capricornus
2017 Oct 13 14.58 21h 04m 05s -14° 45’ 11” Capricornus
2017 Oct 14 14.59 21h 04m 05s -14° 44’ 44” Capricornus
2017 Oct 15 14.60 21h 04m 05s -14° 44’ 13” Capricornus
2017 Oct 16 14.60 21h 04m 08s -14° 43’ 41” Capricornus
2017 Oct 17 14.61 21h 04m 09s -14° 43’ 05” Capricornus
2017 Oct 18 14.61 21h 04m 13s -14° 42’ 25” Capricornus
2017 Oct 19 14.62 21h 04m 17s -14° 41’ 44” Capricornus
2017 Oct 20 14.63 21h 04m 21s -14° 41’ 00” Capricornus
2017 Oct 21 14.63 21h 04m 26s -14° 40’ 14” Capricornus
2017 Oct 22 14.64 21h 04m 32s -14° 39’ 24” Capricornus
2017 Oct 23 14.64 21h 04m 37s -14° 38’ 33” Capricornus
2017 Oct 24 14.65 21h 04m 45s -14° 37’ 37” Capricornus

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 15 January 2009 00:00 UTC (JD: 2454847.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.04500095
Orbit inclination i 9.39459564°
Perihelion distance q 5.71780743 AU
855,371,819 km
Aphelion distance Q 6.25667032 AU
935,984,559 km
Semi-major axis a 5.98723888 AU
895,678,189 km
Orbital period period 14.6500 years
5,351.0413 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2004-Jun-30 12:48:14
2,453,187.0335 JD
Next perihelion transit 2019-Feb-23 13:47
2,458,538.0748 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 48.179688869915°
Longitude of the ascending node node 312.63437717279°
Mean anomaly M 111.71058140158°
Mean motion n 0.06727662°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2034-Oct-13
Distance of closest approach* 4.72585998 AU
706,978,591 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.