Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3
Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 is 13h 08m 11s and the Declination is -08° 48’ 27” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]).
Summary of key facts about Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 [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]:
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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 162,166,495 kilometers, equivalent to 1.084016 Astronomical Units. Light takes 9 minutes and 0.9292 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 Wed Apr 15 2082 at a distance of 0.156608 Astronomical Units, or 23,428,278 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.
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 Aug 09||12h 42m 43s||-04° 18’ 24”||N.A.||Virgo|
|2022 Aug 10||12h 45m 57s||-04° 53’ 11”||N.A.||Virgo|
|2022 Aug 11||12h 49m 14s||-05° 28’ 14”||N.A.||Virgo|
|2022 Aug 12||12h 52m 32s||-06° 03’ 37”||N.A.||Virgo|
|2022 Aug 13||12h 55m 54s||-06° 39’ 15”||N.A.||Virgo|
|2022 Aug 14||12h 59m 17s||-07° 15’ 11”||N.A.||Virgo|
|2022 Aug 15||13h 02m 44s||-07° 51’ 23”||N.A.||Virgo|
|2022 Aug 16||13h 06m 12s||-08° 27’ 50”||N.A.||Virgo|
|2022 Aug 17||13h 09m 43s||-09° 04’ 31”||N.A.||Virgo|
|2022 Aug 18||13h 13m 18s||-09° 41’ 26”||N.A.||Virgo|
|2022 Aug 19||13h 16m 54s||-10° 18’ 36”||N.A.||Virgo|
|2022 Aug 20||13h 20m 35s||-10° 55’ 58”||N.A.||Virgo|
|2022 Aug 21||13h 24m 16s||-11° 33’ 30”||N.A.||Virgo|
|2022 Aug 22||13h 28m 02s||-12° 11’ 15”||N.A.||Virgo|