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Comet 81P/Wild 2

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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 in Aquarius on April, 19 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
22h 29m 57s
-09° 54’ 51”
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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.

Azimuth: 99.9°
Max altitude: 28.6°
Azimuth: 260.1°

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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet 81P/Wild 2
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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.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
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.

Distance of Comet 81P/Wild 2 from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 81P/Wild 2 between January 2013 and December 2075

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

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.53707098
Orbit inclination i 3.23724601°
Perihelion distance q 1.59796942 AU
239,052,824 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.30576460 AU
793,731,088 km
Semi-major axis a 3.45186701 AU
516,391,956 km
Orbital period period 6.4100 years
2,342.4995 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2010-Feb-22 13:29:10
2,455,250.0619 JD
Next perihelion transit 2016-Jul-23 01:28
2,457,592.5614 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 41.756328492562°
Longitude of the ascending node node 136.09768418711°
Mean anomaly M 85.821876931274°
Mean motion n 0.15368200°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2042-Apr-05
Distance of closest approach* 0.65384692 AU
97,814,107 km

* 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.