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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.

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Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 in Pisces on June, 19 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
23h 19m 22s
+00° 41’ 29”
14.77
 = 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: 89.3°
Max altitude: 39.2°
Azimuth: 270.7°

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 Jun 12 14.81 23h 17m 58s +00° 22’ 00” Pisces
2018 Jun 13 14.80 23h 18m 12s +00° 24’ 56” Pisces
2018 Jun 14 14.80 23h 18m 25s +00° 27’ 50” Pisces
2018 Jun 15 14.79 23h 18m 38s +00° 30’ 41” Pisces
2018 Jun 16 14.78 23h 18m 50s +00° 33’ 28” Pisces
2018 Jun 17 14.78 23h 19m 00s +00° 36’ 11” Pisces
2018 Jun 18 14.77 23h 19m 12s +00° 38’ 52” Pisces
2018 Jun 19 14.77 23h 19m 22s +00° 41’ 29” Pisces
2018 Jun 20 14.76 23h 19m 32s +00° 44’ 03” Pisces
2018 Jun 21 14.75 23h 19m 40s +00° 46’ 32” Pisces
2018 Jun 22 14.75 23h 19m 49s +00° 49’ 00” Pisces
2018 Jun 23 14.74 23h 19m 55s +00° 51’ 24” Pisces
2018 Jun 24 14.73 23h 20m 03s +00° 53’ 44” Pisces
2018 Jun 25 14.73 23h 20m 09s +00° 56’ 00” 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.