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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 Scorpius. The current Right Ascension is 16h 14m 30s and the Declination is -16° 14’ 35”.

16h 14m 30s
-16° 14’ 35”

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 full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) in Scorpius on April, 04 2020
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2018 W1 (Catalina)
RA: 16h 14m 30s
Dec: -16° 14’ 35”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina)
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Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) from Earth is currently 512,057,991 kilometers, equivalent to 3.422896 Astronomical Units. Light takes 28 minutes and 28.0416 seconds to travel from Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) and arrive to us.

28 minutes and 28.0416 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 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/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 1.65146601 Astronomical Units, or 247,055,799 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 23.65.


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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) between January 2013 and December 2100

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: 106.2°
Max altitude: 22.2°
Azimuth: 253.7°
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, 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

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2018 W1 (Catalina) at epoch 11 January 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458495.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.93767065
Orbit inclination i 83.27885919°
Perihelion distance q 1.36017366 AU
203,479,084 km
Aphelion distance Q 42.28455160 AU
6,325,678,896 km
Semi-major axis a 21.82236263 AU
3,264,578,990 km
Orbital period period 101.9400 years
37,234.9761 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-May-11 20:27:46
2,458,615.3526 JD
Next perihelion transit 2121-Apr-21 19:53
2,495,850.3287 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 251.24811639842°
Longitude of the ascending node node 233.58957810261°
Mean anomaly M 358.84122545539°
Mean motion n 0.00966833°/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
2020 Mar 28 16h 19m 37s -17° 29’ 13” 23.57 Scorpius
2020 Mar 29 16h 19m 01s -17° 19’ 59” 23.58 Scorpius
2020 Mar 30 16h 18m 25s -17° 10’ 40” 23.59 Scorpius
2020 Mar 31 16h 17m 48s -17° 01’ 17” 23.60 Scorpius
2020 Apr 01 16h 17m 09s -16° 51’ 50” 23.61 Scorpius
2020 Apr 02 16h 16m 29s -16° 42’ 20” 23.62 Scorpius
2020 Apr 03 16h 15m 50s -16° 32’ 45” 23.63 Scorpius
2020 Apr 04 16h 15m 07s -16° 23’ 08” 23.64 Scorpius
2020 Apr 05 16h 14m 26s -16° 13’ 27” 23.65 Scorpius
2020 Apr 06 16h 13m 41s -16° 03’ 43” 23.66 Scorpius
2020 Apr 07 16h 12m 57s -15° 53’ 57” 23.67 Scorpius
2020 Apr 08 16h 12m 12s -15° 44’ 07” 23.68 Scorpius
2020 Apr 09 16h 11m 26s -15° 34’ 14” 23.69 Scorpius
2020 Apr 10 16h 10m 40s -15° 24’ 17” 23.70 Scorpius