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Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto)

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Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) Position

Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) is currently in the constellation of Pisces. The current Right Ascension is 01h 10m 53s and the Declination is +23° 06’ 48”.

01h 10m 53s
+23° 06’ 48”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) in Pisces on April, 04 2020
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto)
RA: 01h 10m 53s
Dec: +23° 06’ 48”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto)
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) from Earth is currently 916,153,848 kilometers, equivalent to 6.124110 Astronomical Units. Light takes 50 minutes and 55.9603 seconds to travel from Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) and arrive to us.

50 minutes and 55.9603 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) 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 Y1 (Iwamoto) 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 Y1 (Iwamoto) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) to Earth happens on Wed Feb 13 2019 at a distance of 0.30397496 Astronomical Units, or 45,474,006 kilometers:

Wed Feb 13 2019

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

Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) is 20.85.


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 Y1 (Iwamoto), 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 Y1 (Iwamoto) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) 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 Y1 (Iwamoto) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 66.9°
Max altitude: 61.6°
Azimuth: 293.1°
Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) is above 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 Y1 (Iwamoto) 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 Y1 (Iwamoto) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) at epoch 24 February 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458539.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99107492
Orbit inclination i 160.40350406°
Perihelion distance q 1.28699388 AU
192,531,544 km
Aphelion distance Q 287.11254632 AU
42,951,425,667 km
Semi-major axis a 144.19977010 AU
21,571,978,606 km
Orbital period period 1,731.6300 years
632,477.7891 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Feb-07 00:43:52
2,458,521.5305 JD
Next perihelion transit 3750-Oct-07 19:40
3,090,999.3195 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 358.05705923041°
Longitude of the ascending node node 147.48353656483°
Mean anomaly M 0.010228077185722°
Mean motion n 0.00056919°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) 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 Y1 (Iwamoto)
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Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) 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 Y1 (Iwamoto) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Mar 28 01h 07m 19s +22° 53’ 21” 20.79 Pisces
2020 Mar 29 01h 07m 49s +22° 55’ 00” 20.80 Pisces
2020 Mar 30 01h 08m 17s +22° 56’ 43” 20.80 Pisces
2020 Mar 31 01h 08m 44s +22° 58’ 27” 20.81 Pisces
2020 Apr 01 01h 09m 14s +23° 00’ 15” 20.82 Pisces
2020 Apr 02 01h 09m 42s +23° 02’ 03” 20.83 Pisces
2020 Apr 03 01h 10m 09s +23° 03’ 55” 20.84 Pisces
2020 Apr 04 01h 10m 39s +23° 05’ 48” 20.85 Pisces
2020 Apr 05 01h 11m 07s +23° 07’ 45” 20.85 Pisces
2020 Apr 06 01h 11m 35s +23° 09’ 42” 20.86 Pisces
2020 Apr 07 01h 12m 02s +23° 11’ 42” 20.87 Pisces
2020 Apr 08 01h 12m 30s +23° 13’ 44” 20.88 Pisces
2020 Apr 09 01h 12m 59s +23° 15’ 47” 20.88 Pisces
2020 Apr 10 01h 13m 26s +23° 17’ 53” 20.89 Pisces