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Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina)

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Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) Position

Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) is currently in the constellation of Puppis. The current Right Ascension is 07h 21m 12s and the Declination is -36° 54’ 34”.

07h 21m 12s
-36° 54’ 34”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) in Puppis on June, 25 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/2018 W1 (Catalina) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2018 W1 (Catalina)
RA: 07h 21m 12s
Dec: -36° 54’ 34”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina)
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) from Earth is currently 250,389,858 kilometers, equivalent to 1.673753 Astronomical Units. Light takes 13 minutes and 55.2107 seconds to travel from Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) and arrive to us.

13 minutes and 55.2107 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) 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/2018 W1 (Catalina) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

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/2018 W1 (Catalina) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2075 the closest approach of Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) to Earth happens on Tue Dec 11 2018 at a distance of 1.65146589 Astronomical Units, or 247,055,781 kilometers:

Tue Dec 11 2018

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

Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) is 17.20.


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/2018 W1 (Catalina), 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/2018 W1 (Catalina) between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) 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/2018 W1 (Catalina) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 126.9°
Max altitude: 1.6°
Azimuth: 233.1°
Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) 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/2018 W1 (Catalina) 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/2018 W1 (Catalina) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) at epoch 14 December 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458467.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.93767711
Orbit inclination i 83.27858039°
Perihelion distance q 1.36016716 AU
203,478,111 km
Aphelion distance Q 42.28887341 AU
6,326,325,429 km
Semi-major axis a 21.82452028 AU
3,264,901,770 km
Orbital period period 101.9600 years
37,240.4986 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-May-11 20:27:15
2,458,615.3523 JD
Next perihelion transit 2121-Apr-27 08:25
2,495,855.8508 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 251.24830150055°
Longitude of the ascending node node 233.58964218591°
Mean anomaly M 358.57072768883°
Mean motion n 0.00966690°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) 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/2018 W1 (Catalina)
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Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Jun 18 06h 40m 55s -34° 33’ 25” 17.10 Puppis
2019 Jun 19 06h 46m 01s -34° 53’ 32” 17.12 Puppis
2019 Jun 20 06h 51m 11s -35° 13’ 14” 17.13 Puppis
2019 Jun 21 06h 56m 22s -35° 32’ 27” 17.14 Puppis
2019 Jun 22 07h 01m 40s -35° 51’ 12” 17.15 Puppis
2019 Jun 23 07h 06m 59s -36° 09’ 26” 17.17 Puppis
2019 Jun 24 07h 12m 21s -36° 27’ 07” 17.18 Puppis
2019 Jun 25 07h 17m 48s -36° 44’ 13” 17.19 Puppis
2019 Jun 26 07h 23m 16s -37° 00’ 45” 17.21 Puppis
2019 Jun 27 07h 28m 48s -37° 16’ 39” 17.23 Puppis
2019 Jun 28 07h 34m 20s -37° 31’ 54” 17.24 Puppis
2019 Jun 29 07h 39m 57s -37° 46’ 29” 17.26 Puppis
2019 Jun 30 07h 45m 35s -38° 00’ 24” 17.28 Puppis
2019 Jul 01 07h 51m 15s -38° 13’ 36” 17.30 Puppis