Comet C/2021 C3 (Catalina)
Comet C/2021 C3 (Catalina) is currently in the constellation of Cepheus. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2021 C3 (Catalina) is 04h 24m 35s and the Declination is +81° 11’ 08” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2021 C3 (Catalina) is 23.54 (JPL).
Summary of key facts about Comet C/2021 C3 (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/2021 C3 (Catalina) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the North-North-East direction at an altitude of 47° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, C/2021 C3 (Catalina) is visible only through long exposure photography.
- See also C/2021 C3 (Catalina) rise and set times.
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Comet C/2021 C3 (Catalina) Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet C/2021 C3 (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/2021 C3 (Catalina) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
Also check out Where is Comet C/2021 C3 (Catalina)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2021 C3 (Catalina) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet C/2021 C3 (Catalina) Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet C/2021 C3 (Catalina) from Earth is currently 892,588,228 kilometers, equivalent to 5.966584 Astronomical Units. Light takes 49 minutes and 37.3538 seconds to travel from Comet C/2021 C3 (Catalina) and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2021 C3 (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/2021 C3 (Catalina) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet C/2021 C3 (Catalina) to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2021 C3 (Catalina) to Earth happens on Sun Mar 14 2021 at a distance of 1.325110 Astronomical Units, or 198,233,576 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet C/2021 C3 (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/2021 C3 (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/2021 C3 (Catalina) rise and set times
Comet C/2021 C3 (Catalina) is circumpolar and transits at 03:49 UTC (altitude: 60.3°)
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2021 C3 (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/2021 C3 (Catalina) Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||2.27650136 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2021-Feb-12 10:39:06
|Next perihelion transit||2525-Jan-07 06:43
|Argument of perihelion||peri||357.15183716204°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||181.91977801275°|
Visualization of Comet C/2021 C3 (Catalina) Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2021 C3 (Catalina) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2021 C3 (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/2021 C3 (Catalina) 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2021 C3 (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/2021 C3 (Catalina) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2022 Sep 23||04h 49m 38s||+80° 24’ 48”||23.53||Cepheus|
|2022 Sep 24||04h 46m 54s||+80° 31’ 15”||23.53||Cepheus|
|2022 Sep 25||04h 44m 03s||+80° 37’ 33”||23.53||Cepheus|
|2022 Sep 26||04h 41m 02s||+80° 43’ 44”||23.53||Cepheus|
|2022 Sep 27||04h 37m 54s||+80° 49’ 45”||23.53||Cepheus|
|2022 Sep 28||04h 34m 37s||+80° 55’ 36”||23.53||Cepheus|
|2022 Sep 29||04h 31m 14s||+81° 01’ 14”||23.53||Cepheus|
|2022 Sep 30||04h 27m 41s||+81° 06’ 42”||23.54||Cepheus|
|2022 Oct 01||04h 24m 00s||+81° 11’ 58”||23.54||Cepheus|
|2022 Oct 02||04h 20m 09s||+81° 17’ 02”||23.54||Cepheus|
|2022 Oct 03||04h 16m 11s||+81° 21’ 50”||23.54||Cepheus|
|2022 Oct 04||04h 12m 06s||+81° 26’ 22”||23.54||Cepheus|
|2022 Oct 05||04h 07m 51s||+81° 30’ 41”||23.54||Cepheus|
|2022 Oct 06||04h 03m 30s||+81° 34’ 41”||23.55||Cepheus|