Comet 46P/Wirtanen Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 46P/Wirtanen is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.
More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.
Comet 46P/Wirtanen Rise and Set Times
Today's Comet 46P/Wirtanen rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.
Comet 46P/Wirtanen Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 46P/Wirtanen with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 46P/Wirtanen 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!
Comet 46P/Wirtanen Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 46P/Wirtanen computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 46P/Wirtanen in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2018 Jun 14||18.67||23h 50m 26s||-13° 54’ 30”||Aquarius|
|2018 Jun 15||18.63||23h 51m 51s||-13° 51’ 35”||Aquarius|
|2018 Jun 16||18.58||23h 53m 17s||-13° 48’ 47”||Aquarius|
|2018 Jun 17||18.54||23h 54m 42s||-13° 46’ 04”||Aquarius|
|2018 Jun 18||18.49||23h 56m 07s||-13° 43’ 26”||Aquarius|
|2018 Jun 19||18.45||23h 57m 32s||-13° 40’ 54”||Cetus|
|2018 Jun 20||18.40||23h 58m 57s||-13° 38’ 27”||Cetus|
|2018 Jun 21||18.36||00h 00m 20s||-13° 36’ 07”||Cetus|
|2018 Jun 22||18.31||00h 01m 45s||-13° 33’ 55”||Cetus|
|2018 Jun 23||18.26||00h 03m 11s||-13° 31’ 46”||Cetus|
|2018 Jun 24||18.22||00h 04m 35s||-13° 29’ 47”||Cetus|
|2018 Jun 25||18.17||00h 05m 58s||-13° 27’ 52”||Cetus|
|2018 Jun 26||18.12||00h 07m 23s||-13° 26’ 04”||Cetus|
|2018 Jun 27||18.08||00h 08m 48s||-13° 24’ 24”||Cetus|
Distance of Comet 46P/Wirtanen from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 46P/Wirtanen 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 46P/Wirtanen is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet 46P/Wirtanen
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 46P/Wirtanen, 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.
Comet 46P/Wirtanen Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 46P/Wirtanen at epoch 05 April 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457484.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||1.05429686 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2018-Dec-13 00:57:41
|Argument of perihelion||peri||356.36591055261°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||82.165849297734°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2018-Dec-17|
|Distance of closest approach*||0.07819404 AU
* 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.