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Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura)

Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) is 12h 21m 26s and the Declination is +08° 16’ 01” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) is 13.21 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) [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]:

12h 21m 26s
+08° 16’ 01”
  • C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West direction at an altitude of 18° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) is visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 10 inches (250mm) or more.
  • See also C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) rise and set times.
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Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) 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.

Map showing Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) in Virgo on September, 25 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) in Virgo on September, 25 2021
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2021 O1 (Nishimura)
RA: 12h 21m 26s
Dec: +08° 16’ 01”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) from Earth is currently 320,048,853 kilometers, equivalent to 2.139394 Astronomical Units. Light takes 17 minutes and 47.5681 seconds to travel from Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) and arrive to us.

17 minutes and 47.5681 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) 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/2021 O1 (Nishimura) from Earth between January 2014 and January 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/2021 O1 (Nishimura) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) to Earth

Between January 2014 and January 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) to Earth happens on Tue Aug 3 2021 at a distance of 1.708725 Astronomical Units, or 255,621,626 kilometers:

Tue Aug 3 2021

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

Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) is 13.21.


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 O1 (Nishimura), 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/2021 O1 (Nishimura) between January 2014 and January 2100

Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) 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/2021 O1 (Nishimura) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 81.5°
Max altitude: 46.9°
Azimuth: 278.2°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) 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 O1 (Nishimura) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) at epoch 24 July 2021 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459420.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00508568
Orbit inclination i 26.98921941°
Perihelion distance q 0.80952618 AU
121,103,394 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Aug-11 10:25:12
2,459,437.9342 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 70.017311059917°
Longitude of the ascending node node 40.605670388502°
Mean anomaly M -0.0085562292269103°
Mean motion n 0.00049077°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) 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/2021 O1 (Nishimura)
View Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) 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 O1 (Nishimura) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Sep 18 11h 55m 06s +12° 08’ 16” 12.75 Leo
2021 Sep 19 11h 58m 41s +11° 37’ 17” 12.81 Virgo
2021 Sep 20 12h 02m 14s +11° 06’ 32” 12.87 Virgo
2021 Sep 21 12h 05m 44s +10° 36’ 01” 12.93 Virgo
2021 Sep 22 12h 09m 10s +10° 05’ 44” 12.99 Virgo
2021 Sep 23 12h 12m 33s +09° 35’ 44” 13.05 Virgo
2021 Sep 24 12h 15m 52s +09° 05’ 58” 13.11 Virgo
2021 Sep 25 12h 19m 09s +08° 36’ 29” 13.17 Virgo
2021 Sep 26 12h 22m 24s +08° 07’ 18” 13.23 Virgo
2021 Sep 27 12h 25m 36s +07° 38’ 23” 13.29 Virgo
2021 Sep 28 12h 28m 45s +07° 09’ 47” 13.35 Virgo
2021 Sep 29 12h 31m 50s +06° 41’ 26” 13.41 Virgo
2021 Sep 30 12h 34m 54s +06° 13’ 24” 13.47 Virgo
2021 Oct 01 12h 37m 55s +05° 45’ 42” 13.52 Virgo