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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 December, 12 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
21h 22m 45s
-12° 58’ 40”
 = 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: 103.0°
Max altitude: 25.5°
Azimuth: 257.0°

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
2017 Dec 05 14.99 21h 18m 55s -13° 19’ 00” Aquarius
2017 Dec 06 15.00 21h 19m 26s -13° 16’ 14” Aquarius
2017 Dec 07 15.00 21h 19m 58s -13° 13’ 23” Aquarius
2017 Dec 08 15.01 21h 20m 30s -13° 10’ 32” Aquarius
2017 Dec 09 15.01 21h 21m 03s -13° 07’ 36” Aquarius
2017 Dec 10 15.02 21h 21m 37s -13° 04’ 40” Aquarius
2017 Dec 11 15.02 21h 22m 10s -13° 01’ 41” Aquarius
2017 Dec 12 15.02 21h 22m 45s -12° 58’ 40” Aquarius
2017 Dec 13 15.03 21h 23m 18s -12° 55’ 36” Aquarius
2017 Dec 14 15.03 21h 23m 53s -12° 52’ 29” Aquarius
2017 Dec 15 15.04 21h 24m 29s -12° 49’ 20” Aquarius
2017 Dec 16 15.04 21h 25m 05s -12° 46’ 09” Aquarius
2017 Dec 17 15.05 21h 25m 41s -12° 42’ 56” Aquarius
2017 Dec 18 15.05 21h 26m 17s -12° 39’ 42” 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 28 June 2009 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455011.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.04512142
Orbit inclination i 9.39448867°
Perihelion distance q 5.71752050 AU
855,328,894 km
Aphelion distance Q 6.25786703 AU
936,163,585 km
Semi-major axis a 5.98769376 AU
895,746,239 km
Orbital period period 14.6500 years
5,351.6512 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2004-Jul-03 12:02:50
2,453,190.0020 JD
Next perihelion transit 2019-Feb-27 03:40
2,458,541.6531 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 48.371680237493°
Longitude of the ascending node node 312.63443132415°
Mean anomaly M 122.53027533584°
Mean motion n 0.06726896°/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.