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Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1)

Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) is currently in the constellation of Ara. The current Right Ascension of Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) is 17h 04m 24s and the Declination is -55° 15’ 52” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) is 32.22 (JPL).

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17h 04m 24s
-55° 15’ 52”

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Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) 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 McNaught (C/2006 P1) in Ara on May, 16 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) in Ara on May, 16 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 McNaught (C/2006 P1) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2006 P1 (McNaught)
RA: 17h 04m 24s
Dec: -55° 15’ 52”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) from Earth is currently 4,815,603,921 kilometers, equivalent to 32.190324 Astronomical Units. Light takes 4 hours, 27 minutes and 43.1256 seconds to travel from Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) and arrive to us.

4 hours, 27 minutes and 43.1256 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) 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 McNaught (C/2006 P1) from Earth between January 1900 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/2006 P1 (McNaught) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) to Earth

Between January 1900 and January 2100, the closest approach of Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) to Earth happens on Mon Jan 15 2007 at a distance of 0.817903 Astronomical Units, or 122,356,519 kilometers:

Mon Jan 15 2007

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

Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) is 32.22.


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 McNaught (C/2006 P1), 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 McNaught (C/2006 P1) between January 1900 and January 2100

Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) 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 McNaught (C/2006 P1) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) at epoch 24 November 2006 00:00 UTC (JD: 2454064.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00001907
Orbit inclination i 77.83699332°
Perihelion distance q 0.17073644 AU
25,541,808 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2007-Jan-12 19:10:20
2,454,113.2989 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 155.97495572304°
Longitude of the ascending node node 267.41479141574°
Mean anomaly M -5.6767425212542E-5°
Mean motion n 0.00000116°/day

Visualization of Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) 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 McNaught (C/2006 P1)
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Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 May 09 17h 05m 51s -55° 13’ 51” 32.22 Ara
2021 May 10 17h 05m 39s -55° 14’ 11” 32.22 Ara
2021 May 11 17h 05m 29s -55° 14’ 29” 32.22 Ara
2021 May 12 17h 05m 17s -55° 14’ 45” 32.22 Ara
2021 May 13 17h 05m 06s -55° 15’ 02” 32.22 Ara
2021 May 14 17h 04m 54s -55° 15’ 16” 32.22 Ara
2021 May 15 17h 04m 42s -55° 15’ 30” 32.22 Ara
2021 May 16 17h 04m 32s -55° 15’ 43” 32.22 Ara
2021 May 17 17h 04m 19s -55° 15’ 56” 32.22 Ara
2021 May 18 17h 04m 08s -55° 16’ 06” 32.22 Ara
2021 May 19 17h 03m 56s -55° 16’ 15” 32.22 Ara
2021 May 20 17h 03m 44s -55° 16’ 24” 32.22 Ara
2021 May 21 17h 03m 33s -55° 16’ 32” 32.22 Ara
2021 May 22 17h 03m 20s -55° 16’ 39” 32.22 Ara