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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 722398.537814h 46m 24s-10° 29’ 48”
StarHIP 718348.002814h 41m 41s-09° 48’ 34”
StarHIP 724258.123214h 48m 32s-09° 09’ 19”
StarHIP 721368.361814h 45m 20s-09° 12’ 51”
StarHIP 719976.435814h 43m 25s-09° 41’ 58”
StarHIP 720826.832614h 44m 45s-09° 42’ 14”
StarHIP 724967.073614h 49m 25s-08° 30’ 15”
StarHIP 720476.597214h 44m 13s-08° 15’ 07”
StarHIP 725317.602814h 49m 46s-09° 12’ 08”
StarHIP 720607.639814h 44m 21s-09° 29’ 22”
StarHIP 726068.134614h 50m 42s-08° 13’ 27”
StarHIP 722187.02414h 46m 13s-07° 47’ 48”
GalaxyPGC 5246013.814h 41m 06s-08° 52’ 32”
GalaxyNGC 572913.414h 42m 06s-09° 00’ 33”
GalaxyPGC 5294013.414h 49m 32s-10° 09’ 48”

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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