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Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE)

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Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) Position

Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) is currently in the constellation of Cancer. The current Right Ascension is 09h 06m 55s and the Declination is +15° 13’ 40”.

09h 06m 55s
+15° 13’ 40”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) in Cancer on February, 24 2020
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) is right now (view fullscreen)

P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE)
RA: 09h 06m 55s
Dec: +15° 13’ 40”
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

The distance of Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) from Earth is currently 1,318,458,519 kilometers, equivalent to 8.813351 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 13 minutes and 17.9042 seconds to travel from Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) and arrive to us.

1 hours, 13 minutes and 17.9042 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.

Distance of Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) 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 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 January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) to Earth happens on Sat Aug 20 2061 at a distance of 1.18444415 Astronomical Units, or 177,190,323 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

The current visual magnitude of Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) is 31.12.


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 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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) 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 P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 74.8°
Max altitude: 53.8°
Azimuth: 285.2°
Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) 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 P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) at epoch 03 September 2014 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456904.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.64676267
Orbit inclination i 5.18440868°
Perihelion distance q 2.23454095 AU
334,282,569 km
Aphelion distance Q 10.41724166 AU
1,558,397,174 km
Semi-major axis a 6.32589130 AU
946,339,871 km
Orbital period period 15.9100 years
5,811.4033 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-Jul-15 10:01:09
2,456,853.9175 JD
Next perihelion transit 2030-Jun-12 19:41
2,462,665.3208 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 182.77809540605°
Longitude of the ascending node node 149.40573152579°
Mean anomaly M 3.1334449725298°
Mean motion n 0.06194717°/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)
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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
2020 Feb 17 09h 09m 27s +15° 01’ 19” 31.11 Cancer
2020 Feb 18 09h 09m 06s +15° 03’ 02” 31.11 Cancer
2020 Feb 19 09h 08m 44s +15° 04’ 44” 31.11 Cancer
2020 Feb 20 09h 08m 24s +15° 06’ 25” 31.11 Cancer
2020 Feb 21 09h 08m 03s +15° 08’ 05” 31.12 Cancer
2020 Feb 22 09h 07m 42s +15° 09’ 46” 31.12 Cancer
2020 Feb 23 09h 07m 23s +15° 11’ 25” 31.12 Cancer
2020 Feb 24 09h 07m 02s +15° 13’ 02” 31.12 Cancer
2020 Feb 25 09h 06m 42s +15° 14’ 39” 31.13 Cancer
2020 Feb 26 09h 06m 24s +15° 16’ 17” 31.13 Cancer
2020 Feb 27 09h 06m 03s +15° 17’ 53” 31.13 Cancer
2020 Feb 28 09h 05m 44s +15° 19’ 27” 31.14 Cancer
2020 Feb 29 09h 05m 26s +15° 21’ 01” 31.14 Cancer
2020 Mar 01 09h 05m 07s +15° 22’ 33” 31.14 Cancer