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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 Perseus. The current Right Ascension is 03h 54m 29s and the Declination is +43° 09’ 22”.

03h 54m 29s
+43° 09’ 22”

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 fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) in Perseus on September, 15 2019
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Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto)
RA: 03h 54m 29s
Dec: +43° 09’ 22”
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 416,813,972 kilometers, equivalent to 2.786229 Astronomical Units. Light takes 23 minutes and 10.3418 seconds to travel from Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) and arrive to us.

23 minutes and 10.3418 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 0.30385945 Astronomical Units, or 45,456,727 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 23.11.


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 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

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Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) is circumpolar and transits at 04:19 UTC (altitude: 81.7°)

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) 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 Y1 (Iwamoto) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) at epoch 12 February 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458527.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.98827307
Orbit inclination i 160.39765099°
Perihelion distance q 1.28687141 AU
192,513,223 km
Aphelion distance Q 218.18592436 AU
32,640,149,767 km
Semi-major axis a 109.73639789 AU
16,416,331,495 km
Orbital period period 1,149.5700 years
419,879.3124 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Feb-07 00:23:15
2,458,521.5162 JD
Next perihelion transit 3168-Sep-10 07:53
2,878,400.8286 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 358.04449957491°
Longitude of the ascending node node 147.48131140455°
Mean anomaly M 0.0051304860915002°
Mean motion n 0.00085739°/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
2019 Sep 08 04h 08m 13s +42° 39’ 52” 22.98 Perseus
2019 Sep 09 04h 06m 34s +42° 44’ 17” 22.99 Perseus
2019 Sep 10 04h 04m 53s +42° 48’ 34” 23.01 Perseus
2019 Sep 11 04h 03m 09s +42° 52’ 41” 23.03 Perseus
2019 Sep 12 04h 01m 20s +42° 56’ 38” 23.05 Perseus
2019 Sep 13 03h 59m 31s +43° 00’ 24” 23.07 Perseus
2019 Sep 14 03h 57m 38s +43° 03’ 57” 23.08 Perseus
2019 Sep 15 03h 55m 44s +43° 07’ 19” 23.10 Perseus
2019 Sep 16 03h 53m 47s +43° 10’ 29” 23.12 Perseus
2019 Sep 17 03h 51m 47s +43° 13’ 26” 23.14 Perseus
2019 Sep 18 03h 49m 44s +43° 16’ 06” 23.16 Perseus
2019 Sep 19 03h 47m 38s +43° 18’ 34” 23.17 Perseus
2019 Sep 20 03h 45m 30s +43° 20’ 45” 23.19 Perseus
2019 Sep 21 03h 43m 19s +43° 22’ 41” 23.21 Perseus