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 535058.42110h 56m 44s+13° 33’ 31”
StarHIP 536338.462610h 58m 18s+13° 16’ 41”
StarHIP 535987.912810h 57m 55s+14° 27’ 43”
StarHIP 541038.21111h 04m 14s+14° 14’ 56”
StarHIP 537107.840210h 59m 21s+15° 32’ 25”
StarHIP 541137.768411h 04m 21s+14° 43’ 29”
StarHIP 538817.543811h 01m 25s+15° 00’ 37”
GalaxyNGC 348911.111h 00m 18s+13° 54’ 07”
GalaxyNGC 348512.711h 00m 02s+14° 50’ 35”

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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