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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 1002337.144820h 19m 45s-25° 13’ 41”
StarHIP 1003117.772620h 20m 40s-26° 08’ 55”
StarHIP 1003227.88920h 20m 45s-24° 47’ 53”
StarHIP 1005667.347820h 23m 33s-26° 44’ 05”
StarHIP 1005938.797220h 23m 53s-24° 09’ 54”
StarHIP 1006636.902820h 24m 37s-25° 50’ 01”
StarHIP 1006758.980620h 24m 42s-24° 15’ 19”
StarHIP 1007657.600820h 25m 48s-26° 33’ 23”
StarHIP 1007968.112420h 26m 15s-24° 56’ 49”
StarHIP 1008648.69320h 27m 05s-24° 37’ 33”
StarHIP 1009098.672620h 27m 34s-26° 12’ 11”
StarHIP 1009476.732620h 28m 01s-25° 36’ 23”
GalaxyIC 499913.520h 23m 56s-26° 00’ 52”
GalaxyNGC 690711.920h 25m 06s-24° 48’ 29”
GalaxyIC 500513.620h 25m 19s-25° 49’ 41”

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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