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Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE)

Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) is currently in the constellation of Leo. The current Right Ascension of Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) is 09h 26m 57s and the Declination is +14° 37’ 12” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) is 31.87 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) [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]:

09h 26m 57s
+14° 37’ 12”
Leo
31.87
  • P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the East direction at an altitude of 16° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) rise and set times.
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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.

Map showing Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) in Leo on May, 18 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) in Leo on May, 18 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 P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE)
RA: 09h 26m 57s
Dec: +14° 37’ 12”
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 1,547,286,509 kilometers, equivalent to 10.342971 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 26 minutes and 1.1922 seconds to travel from Comet P/2014 L2 (NEOWISE) and arrive to us.

1,547,286,509
10.342971
1 hours, 26 minutes and 1.1922 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 1.184464 Astronomical Units, or 177,193,269 kilometers:

Sat Aug 20 2061
177,193,269
1.184464

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 31.87.

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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: 75.4°
Max altitude: 53.1°
Azimuth: 284.6°

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 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 15.9100 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
2021 May 11 09h 26m 12s +14° 39’ 41” 31.84 Leo
2021 May 12 09h 26m 17s +14° 39’ 27” 31.84 Leo
2021 May 13 09h 26m 21s +14° 39’ 11” 31.84 Leo
2021 May 14 09h 26m 27s +14° 38’ 53” 31.85 Leo
2021 May 15 09h 26m 34s +14° 38’ 34” 31.85 Leo
2021 May 16 09h 26m 39s +14° 38’ 12” 31.86 Leo
2021 May 17 09h 26m 47s +14° 37’ 50” 31.86 Leo
2021 May 18 09h 26m 53s +14° 37’ 26” 31.87 Leo
2021 May 19 09h 27m 01s +14° 37’ 00” 31.87 Leo
2021 May 20 09h 27m 07s +14° 36’ 32” 31.87 Leo
2021 May 21 09h 27m 15s +14° 36’ 02” 31.88 Leo
2021 May 22 09h 27m 24s +14° 35’ 30” 31.88 Leo
2021 May 23 09h 27m 33s +14° 34’ 58” 31.89 Leo
2021 May 24 09h 27m 42s +14° 34’ 23” 31.89 Leo