Comet 81P/Wild 2
Comet 81P/Wild 2 Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 81P/Wild 2 is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.
More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.
Comet 81P/Wild 2 Rise and Set Times
Today's Comet 81P/Wild 2 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.
Comet 81P/Wild 2 Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 81P/Wild 2 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 81P/Wild 2 and the planets along their orbits in this diagram accurately represents the current configuration of the objects in the Solar System. This is an experimental feature and it requires a WebGL enabled browser. Please provide us feedback!
Comet 81P/Wild 2 Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 81P/Wild 2 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 81P/Wild 2 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2018 Jul 13||21.26||22h 51m 06s||-08° 23’ 54”||Aquarius|
|2018 Jul 14||21.26||22h 50m 48s||-08° 26’ 11”||Aquarius|
|2018 Jul 15||21.26||22h 50m 30s||-08° 28’ 32”||Aquarius|
|2018 Jul 16||21.26||22h 50m 11s||-08° 30’ 57”||Aquarius|
|2018 Jul 17||21.26||22h 49m 50s||-08° 33’ 28”||Aquarius|
|2018 Jul 18||21.26||22h 49m 29s||-08° 36’ 02”||Aquarius|
|2018 Jul 19||21.25||22h 49m 09s||-08° 38’ 40”||Aquarius|
|2018 Jul 20||21.25||22h 48m 47s||-08° 41’ 23”||Aquarius|
|2018 Jul 21||21.25||22h 48m 24s||-08° 44’ 12”||Aquarius|
|2018 Jul 22||21.25||22h 48m 00s||-08° 47’ 03”||Aquarius|
|2018 Jul 23||21.25||22h 47m 35s||-08° 49’ 59”||Aquarius|
|2018 Jul 24||21.25||22h 47m 09s||-08° 52’ 58”||Aquarius|
|2018 Jul 25||21.25||22h 46m 45s||-08° 56’ 02”||Aquarius|
|2018 Jul 26||21.25||22h 46m 18s||-08° 59’ 08”||Aquarius|
Distance of Comet 81P/Wild 2 from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet 81P/Wild 2 from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval.
The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 81P/Wild 2 is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet 81P/Wild 2
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 81P/Wild 2, 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 81P/Wild 2 Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 81P/Wild 2 at epoch 04 September 2011 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455809.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||1.59796866 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2010-Feb-22 13:28:30
|Next perihelion transit||2016-Jul-23 01:22
|Argument of perihelion||peri||41.75623208556°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||136.09768554074°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2042-Apr-05|
|Distance of closest approach*||0.65385245 AU
* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.