Comet 4P/Faye is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension of Comet 4P/Faye is 18h 16m 24s and the Declination is -16° 17’ 15” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 4P/Faye is 18.71 (JPL).
Summary of key facts about Comet 4P/Faye [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:
- 4P/Faye is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the South direction at an altitude of 22° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, 4P/Faye is visible only through long exposure photography.
- See also 4P/Faye rise and set times.
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Additional information about Comet 4P/Faye available on TheSkyLive:
Comet 4P/Faye Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 4P/Faye finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 4P/Faye is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
Also check out Where is Comet 4P/Faye?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 4P/Faye in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet 4P/Faye Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 4P/Faye from Earth is currently 534,663,951 kilometers, equivalent to 3.574008 Astronomical Units. Light takes 29 minutes and 43.4470 seconds to travel from Comet 4P/Faye and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 4P/Faye from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.
The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 4P/Faye from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet 4P/Faye to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 4P/Faye to Earth happens on Fri Nov 3 2073 at a distance of 0.616269 Astronomical Units, or 92,192,514 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 4P/Faye brightness
The observed magnitude and coma diameter values are derived from the Comet Observers Database by averaging the values reported in recent observations (more recent than 4 days), when available. The Estimated Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of comets. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Estimated Magnitude as a directional indication. We acknowledge with thanks the comet observations from the COBS Comet Observation Database contributed by observers worldwide and used in this table to report recent comet observations.
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 4P/Faye, 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 4P/Faye rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 4P/Faye touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.
Comet 4P/Faye Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||1.65187634 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2014-May-29 20:50:57
|Next perihelion transit||2021-Dec-05 09:20
|Argument of perihelion||peri||205.12581771764°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||199.14398241151°|
Visualization of Comet 4P/Faye Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 4P/Faye with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 4P/Faye 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 4P/Faye 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 4P/Faye computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 4P/Faye in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2020 Oct 20||18h 08m 40s||-16° 05’ 57”||18.73||Sagittarius|
|2020 Oct 21||18h 09m 38s||-16° 07’ 35”||18.73||Sagittarius|
|2020 Oct 22||18h 10m 36s||-16° 09’ 08”||18.73||Sagittarius|
|2020 Oct 23||18h 11m 35s||-16° 10’ 41”||18.72||Sagittarius|
|2020 Oct 24||18h 12m 36s||-16° 12’ 10”||18.72||Sagittarius|
|2020 Oct 25||18h 13m 36s||-16° 13’ 36”||18.72||Sagittarius|
|2020 Oct 26||18h 14m 38s||-16° 15’ 00”||18.71||Sagittarius|
|2020 Oct 27||18h 15m 41s||-16° 16’ 19”||18.71||Sagittarius|
|2020 Oct 28||18h 16m 44s||-16° 17’ 38”||18.71||Sagittarius|
|2020 Oct 29||18h 17m 48s||-16° 18’ 52”||18.70||Sagittarius|
|2020 Oct 30||18h 18m 51s||-16° 20’ 04”||18.70||Sagittarius|
|2020 Oct 31||18h 19m 58s||-16° 21’ 14”||18.69||Sagittarius|
|2020 Nov 01||18h 21m 03s||-16° 22’ 18”||18.69||Sagittarius|
|2020 Nov 02||18h 22m 10s||-16° 23’ 21”||18.68||Sagittarius|