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 795965.815816h 14m 22s-33° 00’ 39”
StarHIP 801487.213216h 21m 34s-33° 14’ 04”
StarHIP 798838.22916h 18m 20s-32° 57’ 35”
StarHIP 799805.4616h 19m 32s-30° 54’ 24”
StarHIP 799796.976616h 19m 31s-30° 54’ 06”
StarHIP 793558.235816h 11m 46s-32° 15’ 35”
StarHIP 798608.214816h 18m 05s-31° 39’ 06”
StarHIP 795786.498616h 14m 11s-31° 39’ 46”
StarHIP 803246.394616h 23m 56s-33° 11’ 57”
StarHIP 794967.836216h 13m 22s-32° 07’ 48”
StarHIP 801407.351816h 21m 26s-33° 18’ 04”
StarHIP 801988.18416h 22m 21s-31° 15’ 03”
StarHIP 796307.989616h 14m 57s-32° 26’ 44”
StarHIP 803418.578216h 24m 04s-32° 15’ 31”
StarHIP 802168.892816h 22m 30s-32° 18’ 38”

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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