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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 Pisces on August, 16 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
23h 12m 04s
+01° 25’ 41”
 = 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: 88.6°
Max altitude: 39.9°
Azimuth: 271.4°

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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Aug 09 23h 14m 39s +01° 32’ 08” 14.49 Pisces
2018 Aug 10 23h 14m 17s +01° 31’ 24” 14.48 Pisces
2018 Aug 11 23h 13m 58s +01° 30’ 38” 14.48 Pisces
2018 Aug 12 23h 13m 36s +01° 29’ 48” 14.48 Pisces
2018 Aug 13 23h 13m 14s +01° 28’ 54” 14.47 Pisces
2018 Aug 14 23h 12m 52s +01° 27’ 57” 14.47 Pisces
2018 Aug 15 23h 12m 30s +01° 26’ 57” 14.47 Pisces
2018 Aug 16 23h 12m 07s +01° 25’ 53” 14.46 Pisces
2018 Aug 17 23h 11m 44s +01° 24’ 46” 14.46 Pisces
2018 Aug 18 23h 11m 21s +01° 23’ 35” 14.46 Pisces
2018 Aug 19 23h 10m 58s +01° 22’ 19” 14.45 Pisces
2018 Aug 20 23h 10m 33s +01° 21’ 02” 14.45 Pisces
2018 Aug 21 23h 10m 09s +01° 19’ 42” 14.45 Pisces
2018 Aug 22 23h 09m 45s +01° 18’ 19” 14.45 Pisces

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 17 August 2009 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455061.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.04513750
Orbit inclination i 9.39413873°
Perihelion distance q 5.71778094 AU
855,367,855 km
Aphelion distance Q 6.25835376 AU
936,236,398 km
Semi-major axis a 5.98806735 AU
895,802,126 km
Orbital period period 14.6500 years
5,352.1520 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2004-Jul-05 02:32:59
2,453,191.6062 JD
Next perihelion transit 2019-Mar-01 06:11
2,458,543.7583 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 48.483409461527°
Longitude of the ascending node node 312.63455709818°
Mean anomaly M 125.77403421274°
Mean motion n 0.06726266°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2034-Oct-13
Distance of closest approach* 4.72586034 AU
706,978,645 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.