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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 April, 23 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
22h 56m 29s
-02° 57’ 24”
15.07
 = 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: 93.0°
Max altitude: 35.6°
Azimuth: 267.0°

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 Apr 16 15.10 22h 52m 10s -03° 31’ 06” Aquarius
2018 Apr 17 15.09 22h 52m 49s -03° 26’ 14” Aquarius
2018 Apr 18 15.09 22h 53m 26s -03° 21’ 24” Aquarius
2018 Apr 19 15.08 22h 54m 03s -03° 16’ 33” Pisces
2018 Apr 20 15.08 22h 54m 41s -03° 11’ 44” Pisces
2018 Apr 21 15.08 22h 55m 17s -03° 06’ 56” Pisces
2018 Apr 22 15.07 22h 55m 53s -03° 02’ 09” Pisces
2018 Apr 23 15.07 22h 56m 29s -02° 57’ 24” Pisces
2018 Apr 24 15.06 22h 57m 05s -02° 52’ 41” Pisces
2018 Apr 25 15.06 22h 57m 39s -02° 47’ 57” Pisces
2018 Apr 26 15.06 22h 58m 14s -02° 43’ 15” Pisces
2018 Apr 27 15.05 22h 58m 50s -02° 38’ 35” Pisces
2018 Apr 28 15.05 22h 59m 23s -02° 33’ 56” Pisces
2018 Apr 29 15.04 22h 59m 57s -02° 29’ 18” 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 07 August 2009 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455051.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.04513579
Orbit inclination i 9.39421852°
Perihelion distance q 5.71771424 AU
855,357,877 km
Aphelion distance Q 6.25825927 AU
936,222,263 km
Semi-major axis a 5.98798675 AU
895,790,070 km
Orbital period period 14.6500 years
5,352.0440 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2004-Jul-04 18:42:06
2,453,191.2792 JD
Next perihelion transit 2019-Feb-28 19:45
2,458,543.3232 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 48.4603644262°
Longitude of the ascending node node 312.63454158834°
Mean anomaly M 125.12592882832°
Mean motion n 0.06726402°/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.