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Comet 46P/Wirtanen

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Comet 46P/Wirtanen Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 46P/Wirtanen at epoch 12 December 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458465.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.65875876
Orbit inclination i 11.74766021°
Perihelion distance q 1.05535572 AU
157,878,969 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.13003812 AU
767,442,780 km
Semi-major axis a 3.09269692 AU
462,660,874 km
Orbital period period 5.4400 years
1,986.5727 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Dec-12 22:20:57
2,458,465.4312 JD
Next perihelion transit 2024-May-21 12:05
2,460,452.0039 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 356.34115545867°
Longitude of the ascending node node 82.157591775868°
Mean anomaly M 0.012464028424432°
Mean motion n 0.18121662°/day

Visualization of Comet 46P/Wirtanen Orbit

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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet 46P/Wirtanen
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Comet 46P/Wirtanen 15 Days 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.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 May 17 10h 49m 26s +23° 00’ 28” 21.62 Leo Minor
2019 May 18 10h 50m 39s +22° 45’ 48” 21.67 Leo
2019 May 19 10h 51m 51s +22° 31’ 13” 21.71 Leo
2019 May 20 10h 53m 03s +22° 16’ 41” 21.76 Leo
2019 May 21 10h 54m 17s +22° 02’ 13” 21.81 Leo
2019 May 22 10h 55m 31s +21° 47’ 49” 21.86 Leo
2019 May 23 10h 56m 44s +21° 33’ 29” 21.91 Leo
2019 May 24 10h 57m 57s +21° 19’ 12” 21.95 Leo
2019 May 25 10h 59m 11s +21° 04’ 59” 22.00 Leo
2019 May 26 11h 00m 24s +20° 50’ 48” 22.05 Leo
2019 May 27 11h 01m 38s +20° 36’ 42” 22.09 Leo
2019 May 28 11h 02m 53s +20° 22’ 40” 22.14 Leo
2019 May 29 11h 04m 06s +20° 08’ 39” 22.18 Leo
2019 May 30 11h 05m 21s +19° 54’ 43” 22.23 Leo