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Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE)

Altitude: -30.9°   Azimuth: 17.4°   Direction: North-North-East

Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) is currently in the constellation of Leo.

The current Right Ascension of Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) is 11h 13m 17s and the Declination is +06° 10’ 39” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) is 31.77 (JPL).

11h 13m 17s
+06° 10’ 39”

The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted 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.

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 83.8°
Max altitude: 44.7°
Azimuth: 276.2°
  • P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Given its current magnitude, P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Available Resources

Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) 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.

Finder chart of P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) in Leo on November,29 2023
Map showing Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) in Leo on November, 29 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE)
Map showing Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) in Leo on November, 29 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE)
RA: 11h 13m 17s
Dec: +06° 10’ 39”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) from Earth is currently 1,535,824,698 kilometers, equivalent to 10.266354 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 25 minutes and 22.9598 seconds to travel from Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) and arrive to us.

1 hours, 25 minutes and 22.9598 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) 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.

Chart of the distance of Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) to Earth happens on Sat Aug 20 2061 at a distance of 1.184464 Astronomical Units, or 177,193,270 kilometers:

Sat Aug 20 2061

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

Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE), 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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) as a function of time

Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) at epoch 04 September 2014 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456905.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.64676281
Orbit inclination i 5.18441189°
Perihelion distance q 2.23454180 AU
334,282,696 km
Aphelion distance Q 10.41725069 AU
1,558,398,525 km
Semi-major axis a 6.32589624 AU
946,340,610 km
Orbital period period 15.9108 years
5,811.4101 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-Jul-15 10:00:57
2,456,853.9173 JD
Next perihelion transit 2030-Jun-12 19:51
2,462,665.3274 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 182.77794970447°
Longitude of the ascending node node 149.40584305451°
Mean anomaly M 3.1953968314403°
Mean motion n 0.06194710°/day

Visualization of Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) 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 P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE)
View Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Nov 22 11h 12m 05s +06° 16’ 33” 31.80 Leo
2023 Nov 23 11h 12m 15s +06° 15’ 42” 31.80 Leo
2023 Nov 24 11h 12m 24s +06° 14’ 50” 31.80 Leo
2023 Nov 25 11h 12m 34s +06° 14’ 03” 31.79 Leo
2023 Nov 26 11h 12m 45s +06° 13’ 17” 31.79 Leo
2023 Nov 27 11h 12m 53s +06° 12’ 33” 31.78 Leo
2023 Nov 28 11h 13m 01s +06° 11’ 50” 31.78 Leo
2023 Nov 29 11h 13m 10s +06° 11’ 11” 31.77 Leo
2023 Nov 30 11h 13m 18s +06° 10’ 33” 31.77 Leo
2023 Dec 01 11h 13m 26s +06° 09’ 57” 31.76 Leo
2023 Dec 02 11h 13m 33s +06° 09’ 24” 31.76 Leo
2023 Dec 03 11h 13m 41s +06° 08’ 53” 31.75 Leo
2023 Dec 04 11h 13m 46s +06° 08’ 26” 31.75 Leo
2023 Dec 05 11h 13m 54s +06° 07’ 59” 31.75 Leo