Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3
Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 is currently in the constellation of Leo. The current Right Ascension of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 is 09h 49m 55s and the Declination is +26° 25’ 33” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 is 17.33 (JPL).
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Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 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 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 from Earth is currently 208,823,061 kilometers, equivalent to 1.395896 Astronomical Units. Light takes 11 minutes and 36.5588 seconds to travel from Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 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 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 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 3 to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 to Earth happens on Mon May 4 2093 at a distance of 0.097818 Astronomical Units, or 14,633,409 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 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 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3, 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 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 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 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 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 3 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2022 May 10||09h 44m 11s||+27° 48’ 29”||17.58||Leo|
|2022 May 11||09h 44m 51s||+27° 37’ 45”||17.54||Leo|
|2022 May 12||09h 45m 33s||+27° 26’ 49”||17.51||Leo|
|2022 May 13||09h 46m 18s||+27° 15’ 44”||17.48||Leo|
|2022 May 14||09h 47m 04s||+27° 04’ 27”||17.44||Leo|
|2022 May 15||09h 47m 53s||+26° 53’ 00”||17.41||Leo|
|2022 May 16||09h 48m 43s||+26° 41’ 24”||17.37||Leo|
|2022 May 17||09h 49m 36s||+26° 29’ 35”||17.34||Leo|
|2022 May 18||09h 50m 31s||+26° 17’ 35”||17.30||Leo|
|2022 May 19||09h 51m 29s||+26° 05’ 26”||17.27||Leo|
|2022 May 20||09h 52m 27s||+25° 53’ 06”||17.23||Leo|
|2022 May 21||09h 53m 29s||+25° 40’ 35”||17.19||Leo|
|2022 May 22||09h 54m 30s||+25° 27’ 52”||17.16||Leo|
|2022 May 23||09h 55m 36s||+25° 14’ 58”||17.12||Leo|