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Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann

Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann is currently in the constellation of Aries.

The current Right Ascension of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann is 03h 14m 32s and the Declination is +14° 02’ 14” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann is 27.20 (JPL).

03h 14m 32s
+14° 02’ 14”

The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted 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.

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 76.0°
Max altitude: 52.6°
Azimuth: 284.1°
  • 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the East direction at an altitude of 24° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Available Resources

Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 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.

Finder chart of 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann in Aries on June,01 2023
Map showing Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann in Aries on June, 01 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann
Map showing Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann in Aries on June, 01 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 03h 14m 32s
Dec: +14° 02’ 14”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann from Earth is currently 600,154,065 kilometers, equivalent to 4.011782 Astronomical Units. Light takes 33 minutes and 21.8985 seconds to travel from Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann and arrive to us.

33 minutes and 21.8985 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 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.

Chart of the distance of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann to Earth happens on Wed Aug 5 2048 at a distance of 0.115627 Astronomical Units, or 17,297,528 kilometers:

Wed Aug 5 2048

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann, 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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann as a function of time

Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 May 25 03h 05m 21s +13° 19’ 37” 27.13 Aries
2023 May 26 03h 06m 38s +13° 25’ 42” 27.14 Aries
2023 May 27 03h 07m 55s +13° 31’ 44” 27.15 Aries
2023 May 28 03h 09m 11s +13° 37’ 41” 27.16 Aries
2023 May 29 03h 10m 27s +13° 43’ 35” 27.17 Aries
2023 May 30 03h 11m 44s +13° 49’ 24” 27.18 Aries
2023 May 31 03h 12m 59s +13° 55’ 10” 27.19 Aries
2023 Jun 01 03h 14m 13s +14° 00’ 51” 27.20 Aries
2023 Jun 02 03h 15m 29s +14° 06’ 29” 27.21 Aries
2023 Jun 03 03h 16m 44s +14° 12’ 03” 27.22 Aries
2023 Jun 04 03h 17m 57s +14° 17’ 34” 27.23 Aries
2023 Jun 05 03h 19m 11s +14° 23’ 00” 27.24 Aries
2023 Jun 06 03h 20m 25s +14° 28’ 23” 27.25 Aries
2023 Jun 07 03h 21m 38s +14° 33’ 42” 27.26 Aries