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Comet 81P/Wild 2

Comet 81P/Wild 2 is currently in the constellation of Aries. The current Right Ascension of Comet 81P/Wild 2 is 03h 12m 16s and the Declination is +13° 23’ 04” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 81P/Wild 2 is 18.35 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 81P/Wild 2 [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

03h 12m 16s
+13° 23’ 04”

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Comet 81P/Wild 2 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 81P/Wild 2 finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Map showing Comet 81P/Wild 2 in Aries on December, 09 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 81P/Wild 2 in Aries on December, 09 2021
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 81P/Wild 2 is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

81P/Wild 2
RA: 03h 12m 16s
Dec: +13° 23’ 04”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 81P/Wild 2
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Comet 81P/Wild 2 Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 81P/Wild 2 from Earth is currently 371,172,511 kilometers, equivalent to 2.481135 Astronomical Units. Light takes 20 minutes and 38.0982 seconds to travel from Comet 81P/Wild 2 and arrive to us.

20 minutes and 38.0982 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 81P/Wild 2 from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Distance of Comet 81P/Wild 2 from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 81P/Wild 2 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 81P/Wild 2 to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 81P/Wild 2 to Earth happens on Sun Apr 6 2042 at a distance of 0.655031 Astronomical Units, or 97,991,269 kilometers:

Sun Apr 6 2042

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet 81P/Wild 2 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 81P/Wild 2 is 18.35.


The observed magnitude and coma diameter values are derived from the Comet Observers Database by averaging the values reported in recent observations (more recent than 4 days), when available. The Estimated Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of comets. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Estimated Magnitude as a directional indication. We acknowledge with thanks the comet observations from the COBS Comet Observation Database contributed by observers worldwide and used in this table to report recent comet observations.

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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 81P/Wild 2 between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 81P/Wild 2 rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Comet 81P/Wild 2 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 76.6°
Max altitude: 51.9°
Azimuth: 283.4°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 81P/Wild 2 touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet 81P/Wild 2 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 81P/Wild 2 at epoch 21 November 2011 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455887.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.53705105
Orbit inclination i 3.23731776°
Perihelion distance q 1.59791318 AU
239,044,410 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.30528077 AU
793,658,708 km
Semi-major axis a 3.45159698 AU
516,351,559 km
Orbital period period 6.4127 years
2,342.2246 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2010-Feb-22 12:25:23
2,455,250.0176 JD
Next perihelion transit 2016-Jul-22 17:48
2,457,592.2423 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 41.748877013635°
Longitude of the ascending node node 136.09724441825°
Mean anomaly M 97.981059334761°
Mean motion n 0.15370003°/day

Visualization of Comet 81P/Wild 2 Orbit

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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet 81P/Wild 2
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Comet 81P/Wild 2 15 Days 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.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Dec 02 03h 18m 15s +13° 42’ 07” 18.41 Aries
2021 Dec 03 03h 17m 26s +13° 39’ 23” 18.40 Aries
2021 Dec 04 03h 16m 36s +13° 36’ 41” 18.39 Aries
2021 Dec 05 03h 15m 46s +13° 34’ 03” 18.38 Aries
2021 Dec 06 03h 14m 57s +13° 31’ 27” 18.37 Aries
2021 Dec 07 03h 14m 09s +13° 28’ 58” 18.36 Aries
2021 Dec 08 03h 13m 23s +13° 26’ 30” 18.36 Aries
2021 Dec 09 03h 12m 35s +13° 24’ 08” 18.35 Aries
2021 Dec 10 03h 11m 50s +13° 21’ 51” 18.34 Aries
2021 Dec 11 03h 11m 06s +13° 19’ 37” 18.33 Aries
2021 Dec 12 03h 10m 22s +13° 17’ 29” 18.33 Aries
2021 Dec 13 03h 09m 38s +13° 15’ 24” 18.32 Aries
2021 Dec 14 03h 08m 57s +13° 13’ 26” 18.31 Aries
2021 Dec 15 03h 08m 17s +13° 11’ 31” 18.31 Aries