Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina)
Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) is currently in the constellation of Libra. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) is 15h 36m 14s and the Declination is -03° 54’ 34” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) is 25.89 (JPL).
Summary of key facts about Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) [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]:
- C/2018 W1 (Catalina) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the South-South-East direction at an altitude of 33° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, C/2018 W1 (Catalina) is visible only through long exposure photography.
- See also C/2018 W1 (Catalina) rise and set times.
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Additional information about Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) available on TheSkyLive:
Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) 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.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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 from Earth
The distance of Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) from Earth is currently 1,019,190,171 kilometers, equivalent to 6.812865 Astronomical Units. Light takes 56 minutes and 39.6525 seconds to travel from Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) and arrive to us.
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.
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 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) to Earth happens on Tue Dec 11 2018 at a distance of 1.651465 Astronomical Units, or 247,055,601 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) brightness
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 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.
Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) 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 C/2018 W1 (Catalina) Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||1.36017720 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2019-May-11 20:28:13
|Next perihelion transit||2121-Apr-14 21:35
|Argument of perihelion||peri||251.2480607503°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||233.58957638292°|
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!
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.
|2020 Oct 21||15h 31m 45s||-03° 51’ 34”||25.81||Libra|
|2020 Oct 22||15h 32m 20s||-03° 52’ 03”||25.82||Libra|
|2020 Oct 23||15h 32m 56s||-03° 52’ 31”||25.83||Libra|
|2020 Oct 24||15h 33m 32s||-03° 52’ 55”||25.84||Libra|
|2020 Oct 25||15h 34m 08s||-03° 53’ 21”||25.85||Libra|
|2020 Oct 26||15h 34m 44s||-03° 53’ 43”||25.86||Libra|
|2020 Oct 27||15h 35m 20s||-03° 54’ 05”||25.87||Libra|
|2020 Oct 28||15h 35m 56s||-03° 54’ 24”||25.88||Libra|
|2020 Oct 29||15h 36m 32s||-03° 54’ 42”||25.89||Libra|
|2020 Oct 30||15h 37m 08s||-03° 54’ 57”||25.90||Libra|
|2020 Oct 31||15h 37m 45s||-03° 55’ 13”||25.91||Libra|
|2020 Nov 01||15h 38m 21s||-03° 55’ 24”||25.92||Libra|
|2020 Nov 02||15h 38m 57s||-03° 55’ 36”||25.93||Libra|
|2020 Nov 03||15h 39m 33s||-03° 55’ 45”||25.94||Libra|