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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1

Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 is currently in the constellation of Auriga. The current Right Ascension of Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 is 06h 20m 01s and the Declination is +28° 59’ 20” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 is 15.85 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

06h 20m 01s
+28° 59’ 20”

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Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Map showing Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 in Auriga on February, 07 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 in Auriga on February, 07 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1
RA: 06h 20m 01s
Dec: +28° 59’ 20”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 from Earth is currently 795,811,233 kilometers, equivalent to 5.319670 Astronomical Units. Light takes 44 minutes and 14.5405 seconds to travel from Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 and arrive to us.

44 minutes and 14.5405 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Distance of Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 to Earth happens on Fri Oct 13 2034 at a distance of 4.725861 Astronomical Units, or 706,978,781 kilometers:

Fri Oct 13 2034

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 is 15.85.


The observed magnitude and coma diameter values are derived from the Comet Observers Database by averaging the values reported in recent observations (more recent than 4 days), when available. The Estimated Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of comets. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Estimated Magnitude as a directional indication. We acknowledge with thanks the comet observations from the COBS Comet Observation Database contributed by observers worldwide and used in this table to report recent comet observations.

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 2100

Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 61.0°
Max altitude: 67.5°
Azimuth: 299.0°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 at epoch 21 November 2012 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456253.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.04331538
Orbit inclination i 9.37559610°
Perihelion distance q 5.74154405 AU
858,922,766 km
Aphelion distance Q 6.26145869 AU
936,700,890 km
Semi-major axis a 6.00150137 AU
897,811,828 km
Orbital period period 14.7027 years
5,370.1732 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Apr-13 21:42:04
2,458,587.4042 JD
Next perihelion transit 2033-Dec-26 01:51
2,463,957.5774 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 50.712641683295°
Longitude of the ascending node node 312.5261239642°
Mean anomaly M 203.54219270644°
Mean motion n 0.06703694°/day

Visualization of Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 Orbit

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
View Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 15 Days 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
2023 Jan 31 06h 22m 27s +29° 07’ 44” 15.82 Auriga
2023 Feb 01 06h 22m 05s +29° 06’ 39” 15.83 Auriga
2023 Feb 02 06h 21m 44s +29° 05’ 34” 15.83 Auriga
2023 Feb 03 06h 21m 24s +29° 04’ 27” 15.83 Auriga
2023 Feb 04 06h 21m 03s +29° 03’ 20” 15.84 Auriga
2023 Feb 05 06h 20m 44s +29° 02’ 09” 15.84 Auriga
2023 Feb 06 06h 20m 26s +29° 01’ 00” 15.85 Auriga
2023 Feb 07 06h 20m 08s +28° 59’ 48” 15.85 Auriga
2023 Feb 08 06h 19m 50s +28° 58’ 36” 15.86 Auriga
2023 Feb 09 06h 19m 33s +28° 57’ 24” 15.86 Auriga
2023 Feb 10 06h 19m 18s +28° 56’ 09” 15.87 Auriga
2023 Feb 11 06h 19m 02s +28° 54’ 56” 15.87 Auriga
2023 Feb 12 06h 18m 47s +28° 53’ 39” 15.88 Auriga
2023 Feb 13 06h 18m 33s +28° 52’ 23” 15.88 Auriga