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Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE)

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Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE) Position

Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE) is currently in the constellation of Eridanus. The current Right Ascension is 03h 02m 00s and the Declination is -11° 15’ 27”.

03h 02m 00s
-11° 15’ 27”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE) in Eridanus on August, 23 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE)
RA: 03h 02m 00s
Dec: -11° 15’ 27”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE) from Earth is currently 1,493,410,850 kilometers, equivalent to 9.982835 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 23 minutes and 1.4824 seconds to travel from Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE) and arrive to us.

1 hours, 23 minutes and 1.4824 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2016 U1 (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 C/2016 U1 (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 C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE) to Earth happens on Mon Dec 12 2016 at a distance of 0.70900022 Astronomical Units, or 106,064,923 kilometers:

Mon Dec 12 2016

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

Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE) is 26.14.


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 behvior 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 C/2016 U1 (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 C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2016 U1 (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 C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 101.3°
Max altitude: 27.3°
Azimuth: 258.8°
Comet C/2016 U1 (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 C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE) touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE) at epoch 11 December 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457734.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00024966
Orbit inclination i 46.43469573°
Perihelion distance q 0.31916821 AU
47,746,885 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Jan-14 00:24:07
2,457,767.5167 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 162.74857224725°
Longitude of the ascending node node 61.428365828616°
Mean anomaly M -0.00071191831531383°
Mean motion n 0.00002156°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2016 U1 (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 C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE)
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Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Aug 16 03h 02m 30s -10° 54’ 42” 26.13 Eridanus
2019 Aug 17 03h 02m 26s -10° 57’ 14” 26.13 Eridanus
2019 Aug 18 03h 02m 25s -10° 59’ 47” 26.13 Eridanus
2019 Aug 19 03h 02m 21s -11° 02’ 21” 26.14 Eridanus
2019 Aug 20 03h 02m 17s -11° 04’ 55” 26.14 Eridanus
2019 Aug 21 03h 02m 13s -11° 07’ 32” 26.14 Eridanus
2019 Aug 22 03h 02m 09s -11° 10’ 10” 26.14 Eridanus
2019 Aug 23 03h 02m 04s -11° 12’ 48” 26.14 Eridanus
2019 Aug 24 03h 01m 59s -11° 15’ 29” 26.14 Eridanus
2019 Aug 25 03h 01m 54s -11° 18’ 11” 26.15 Eridanus
2019 Aug 26 03h 01m 49s -11° 20’ 53” 26.15 Eridanus
2019 Aug 27 03h 01m 42s -11° 23’ 35” 26.15 Eridanus
2019 Aug 28 03h 01m 36s -11° 26’ 20” 26.15 Eridanus
2019 Aug 29 03h 01m 28s -11° 29’ 03” 26.15 Eridanus