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46P/Wirtanen live position and data

This page shows Comet 46P/Wirtanen location and other relevant astronomical data in real time. The celestial coordinates, magnitude, distances and speed are updated in real time and are computed using high quality data sets provided by the JPL Horizons ephemeris service (see acknowledgements for details). The sky map shown below represents a rectangular portion of the sky 60x40 arcminutes wide. By comparison the diameter of the full Moon is about 30 arcmins, so the full horizontal extent of the map is approximately 2 full Moons wide. Depending on the device you are using, the map can be dragged horizondally or vertically using the mouse or touchscreen. The deep sky image in the background is provided by the Digitized Sky Survey (acknowledgements).

Current close conjunctions

List of bright objects (stars brighter than magnitude 9.0 and galaxies brighter than magmitude 14.0) close to Comet 46P/Wirtanen (less than 1.5 degrees):

TypeNameMagnitudeArDec
StarHIP 86208.962601h 51m 11s-24° 25’ 42”
StarHIP 89498.54401h 55m 15s-25° 22’ 01”
StarHIP 89366.772801h 55m 04s-24° 53’ 23”
StarHIP 88188.009801h 53m 21s-24° 12’ 29”
StarHIP 82095.232601h 45m 38s-25° 03’ 08”
StarHIP 87308.562401h 52m 20s-25° 02’ 41”
StarHIP 89438.122601h 55m 11s-24° 09’ 13”
StarHIP 82818.00201h 46m 41s-24° 00’ 51”
StarHIP 90317.937401h 56m 18s-24° 14’ 00”
StarHIP 85538.373601h 50m 20s-23° 46’ 18”
StarHIP 84347.866401h 48m 42s-23° 52’ 11”
StarHIP 90278.596801h 56m 17s-24° 07’ 54”
GalaxyNGC 68613.401h 48m 56s-23° 47’ 54”
GalaxyNGC 72313.301h 53m 45s-23° 45’ 28”

Additional resources

Additional Resources about Comet 46P/Wirtanen

Astronomy databases

This online sky chart is created using the following astronomy databases and services:

  1. The Digitized Sky Survey, a photographic survey of the whole sky created using images from different telescopes, including the Oschin Schmidt Telescope on Palomar Mountain
  2. The Hipparcos Star Catalogue, containing more than 100.000 bright stars
  3. The PGC 2003 Catalogue, containing information about 1 million galaxies
  4. The GSC 2.3 Catalogue, containing information about more than 2 billion stars and galaxies
Please see the acknowledgements section.

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