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Comet 32P/Comas Sola

Comet 32P/Comas Sola is currently in the constellation of Aquarius. The current Right Ascension of Comet 32P/Comas Sola is 23h 08m 19s and the Declination is -18° 09’ 23” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 32P/Comas Sola is 19.65 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 32P/Comas Sola [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]:

23h 08m 19s
-18° 09’ 23”

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Comet 32P/Comas Sola Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 32P/Comas Sola 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 32P/Comas Sola in Aquarius on September, 27 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 32P/Comas Sola in Aquarius on September, 27 2022
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 32P/Comas Sola is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

32P/Comas Sola
RA: 23h 08m 19s
Dec: -18° 09’ 23”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 32P/Comas Sola
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 32P/Comas Sola?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 32P/Comas Sola in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 32P/Comas Sola Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 32P/Comas Sola from Earth is currently 542,058,994 kilometers, equivalent to 3.623441 Astronomical Units. Light takes 30 minutes and 8.1142 seconds to travel from Comet 32P/Comas Sola and arrive to us.

30 minutes and 8.1142 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 32P/Comas Sola 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 32P/Comas Sola 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 32P/Comas Sola from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 32P/Comas Sola to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 32P/Comas Sola to Earth happens on Sat Jan 14 2073 at a distance of 1.049551 Astronomical Units, or 157,010,593 kilometers:

Sat Jan 14 2073

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

Comet 32P/Comas Sola brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 32P/Comas Sola is 19.65.


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 32P/Comas Sola, 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 32P/Comas Sola between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 32P/Comas Sola 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 32P/Comas Sola rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 108.2°
Max altitude: 20.3°
Azimuth: 251.9°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 32P/Comas Sola 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 32P/Comas Sola Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 32P/Comas Sola at epoch 31 May 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455348.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.55464744
Orbit inclination i 9.96850280°
Perihelion distance q 2.00856896 AU
300,477,640 km
Aphelion distance Q 7.01156085 AU
1,048,914,576 km
Semi-major axis a 4.51006490 AU
674,696,108 km
Orbital period period 9.5782 years
3,498.4254 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-Oct-19 17:15:20
2,456,950.2190 JD
Next perihelion transit 2024-May-18 03:27
2,460,448.6444 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 53.307417512596°
Longitude of the ascending node node 57.84347111095°
Mean anomaly M 195.17760852446°
Mean motion n 0.10290344°/day

Visualization of Comet 32P/Comas Sola Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 32P/Comas Sola with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 32P/Comas Sola 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 32P/Comas Sola
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Comet 32P/Comas Sola 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 32P/Comas Sola computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 32P/Comas Sola in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2022 Sep 20 23h 13m 00s -17° 50’ 17” 19.68 Aquarius
2022 Sep 21 23h 12m 23s -17° 53’ 09” 19.67 Aquarius
2022 Sep 22 23h 11m 44s -17° 55’ 55” 19.67 Aquarius
2022 Sep 23 23h 11m 05s -17° 58’ 36” 19.67 Aquarius
2022 Sep 24 23h 10m 27s -18° 01’ 13” 19.66 Aquarius
2022 Sep 25 23h 09m 50s -18° 03’ 42” 19.66 Aquarius
2022 Sep 26 23h 09m 11s -18° 06’ 06” 19.66 Aquarius
2022 Sep 27 23h 08m 35s -18° 08’ 25” 19.65 Aquarius
2022 Sep 28 23h 07m 58s -18° 10’ 36” 19.65 Aquarius
2022 Sep 29 23h 07m 20s -18° 12’ 43” 19.65 Aquarius
2022 Sep 30 23h 06m 45s -18° 14’ 44” 19.65 Aquarius
2022 Oct 01 23h 06m 10s -18° 16’ 37” 19.64 Aquarius
2022 Oct 02 23h 05m 34s -18° 18’ 24” 19.64 Aquarius
2022 Oct 03 23h 04m 59s -18° 20’ 07” 19.64 Aquarius