73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 live position and data

This page shows Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 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 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 (less than 1.5 degrees):

StarHIP 340175.881207h 03m 30s+29° 20’ 20”
StarHIP 345158.512807h 09m 06s+28° 57’ 12”
StarHIP 339168.408407h 02m 18s+31° 14’ 21”
StarHIP 346934.256407h 11m 08s+30° 14’ 43”
StarHIP 338087.579607h 01m 08s+29° 44’ 09”
StarHIP 342296.492607h 05m 47s+31° 23’ 35”
StarHIP 337017.012407h 00m 07s+29° 46’ 19”
StarHIP 344148.237407h 08m 04s+29° 50’ 06”
StarHIP 345217.769407h 09m 10s+30° 23’ 13”
StarHIP 341607.222807h 04m 59s+30° 21’ 44”
StarHIP 345317.181407h 09m 18s+30° 08’ 51”
StarHIP 342038.347207h 05m 33s+29° 30’ 58”
StarHIP 347337.14807h 11m 28s+30° 28’ 21”
StarHIP 338157.537407h 01m 12s+29° 13’ 01”
StarHIP 337067.45207h 00m 10s+30° 17’ 10”

Additional resources

Additional Resources about Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3

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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