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Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1

Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 is currently in the constellation of Aries. The current Right Ascension of Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 is 02h 49m 12s and the Declination is +26° 05’ 04” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 is 16.00 (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]:

02h 49m 12s
+26° 05’ 04”
  • 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West-North-West direction at an altitude of 24° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 rise and set times.
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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 Aries on August, 06 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 in Aries on August, 06 2020
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: 02h 49m 12s
Dec: +26° 05’ 04”
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 866,032,556 kilometers, equivalent to 5.789070 Astronomical Units. Light takes 48 minutes and 8.7737 seconds to travel from Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 and arrive to us.

48 minutes and 8.7737 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 4.72585997 Astronomical Units, or 706,978,590 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 16.00.


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: 63.9°
Max altitude: 64.6°
Azimuth: 296.1°

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 13 February 2011 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455606.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.04480105
Orbit inclination i 9.38668629°
Perihelion distance q 5.72449301 AU
856,371,967 km
Aphelion distance Q 6.26147706 AU
936,703,637 km
Semi-major axis a 5.99298503 AU
896,537,802 km
Orbital period period 14.6700 years
5,358.7465 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2004-Jul-21 14:27:15
2,453,208.1023 JD
Next perihelion transit 2019-Mar-24 08:22
2,458,566.8488 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 49.712402823703°
Longitude of the ascending node node 312.61907717501°
Mean anomaly M 161.12409496335°
Mean motion n 0.06717989°/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
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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
2020 Jul 30 02h 46m 41s +25° 42’ 19” 16.00 Aries
2020 Jul 31 02h 47m 03s +25° 45’ 29” 16.00 Aries
2020 Aug 01 02h 47m 25s +25° 48’ 35” 16.00 Aries
2020 Aug 02 02h 47m 45s +25° 51’ 42” 16.00 Aries
2020 Aug 03 02h 48m 06s +25° 54’ 45” 16.00 Aries
2020 Aug 04 02h 48m 25s +25° 57’ 46” 16.00 Aries
2020 Aug 05 02h 48m 46s +26° 00’ 46” 16.00 Aries
2020 Aug 06 02h 49m 04s +26° 03’ 42” 16.00 Aries
2020 Aug 07 02h 49m 23s +26° 06’ 38” 16.00 Aries
2020 Aug 08 02h 49m 40s +26° 09’ 30” 16.00 Aries
2020 Aug 09 02h 49m 57s +26° 12’ 21” 16.00 Aries
2020 Aug 10 02h 50m 12s +26° 15’ 11” 16.00 Aries
2020 Aug 11 02h 50m 29s +26° 17’ 57” 16.00 Aries
2020 Aug 12 02h 50m 44s +26° 20’ 40” 16.00 Aries