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 Apr 12||21.41||22h 24m 56s||-10° 21’ 47”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 13||21.41||22h 25m 41s||-10° 17’ 48”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 14||21.41||22h 26m 25s||-10° 13’ 54”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 15||21.42||22h 27m 07s||-10° 10’ 00”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 16||21.42||22h 27m 51s||-10° 06’ 10”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 17||21.42||22h 28m 33s||-10° 02’ 21”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 18||21.42||22h 29m 16s||-09° 58’ 35”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 19||21.42||22h 29m 57s||-09° 54’ 51”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 20||21.42||22h 30m 38s||-09° 51’ 08”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 21||21.42||22h 31m 19s||-09° 47’ 30”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 22||21.42||22h 31m 59s||-09° 43’ 54”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 23||21.42||22h 32m 39s||-09° 40’ 19”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 24||21.42||22h 33m 19s||-09° 36’ 48”||Aquarius|
|2018 Apr 25||21.42||22h 33m 57s||-09° 33’ 20”||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 03 September 2011 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455808.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||1.59796942 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2010-Feb-22 13:29:10
|Next perihelion transit||2016-Jul-23 01:28
|Argument of perihelion||peri||41.756328492562°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||136.09768418711°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2042-Apr-05|
|Distance of closest approach*||0.65384692 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.