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Browse and discover detailed information about 109 of the most interesting comets. Comets are listed in order of decreasing brightness.

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 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet Encke (2P/Encke)

Encke's Comet
Encke's Comet is brighter than mag 10
R.A: 22h 34m 04s   Dec: -17° 22’ 35”
Magnitude 8.1 fading in Aquarius   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson)

C/2015 V2 (Johnson)
C/2015 V2 (Johnson) is brighter than mag 10
R.A: 16h 32m 07s   Dec: +47° 30’ 15”
Magnitude 8.8 brightening in Hercules   current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak

41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak
41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is brighter than mag 10
R.A: 12h 09m 54s   Dec: +61° 19’ 26”
Magnitude 8.9 brightening in Ursa Major   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1

29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1
R.A: 21h 16m 57s   Dec: -16° 19’ 10”
Magnitude 14.9 in Capricornus   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS)

C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 13h 57m 52s   Dec: -34° 00’ 53”
Magnitude 15.2 in Centaurus   object currently below the horizon

Comet C/2013 YG46 (Spacewatch)

C/2013 YG46 (Spacewatch)
R.A: 22h 36m 44s   Dec: -14° 43’ 34”
Magnitude 15.4 fading in Aquarius   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet C/2017 E1 (Borisov)

C/2017 E1 (Borisov)
R.A: 21h 31m 01s   Dec: -06° 37’ 06”
Magnitude 15.5 brightening in Aquarius   current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER)

C/2016 N4 (MASTER)
R.A: 23h 42m 47s   Dec: +12° 01’ 35”
Magnitude 15.7 brightening in Pegasus   current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS)

C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 19h 11m 15s   Dec: +04° 40’ 58”
Magnitude 15.9 brightening in Aquila   current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet 104P/Kowal 2

104P/Kowal 2
R.A: 00h 35m 11s   Dec: +07° 09’ 03”
Magnitude 16.7 brightening in Pisces   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS)

C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 08h 24m 42s   Dec: +03° 36’ 02”
Magnitude 16.7 in Hydra   object currently below the horizon

Comet C/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS)

C/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 17h 22m 09s   Dec: -08° 09’ 04”
Magnitude 17.0 in Ophiucus   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet C/2016 S1 (PANSTARRS)

C/2016 S1 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 02h 32m 09s   Dec: -62° 39’ 37”
Magnitude 17.1 in Horologium   object currently below the horizon

Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS)

C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 19h 11m 24s   Dec: +48° 22’ 07”
Magnitude 17.1 brightening in Cygnus   current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet C/2015 TQ209 (LINEAR)

C/2015 TQ209 (LINEAR)
R.A: 17h 10m 26s   Dec: -19° 06’ 23”
Magnitude 17.3 fading in Ophiucus   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet C/2016 T3 (PANSTARRS)

C/2016 T3 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 02h 54m 13s   Dec: +26° 51’ 57”
Magnitude 17.6 brightening in Aries   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)

C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 03h 09m 53s   Dec: -20° 19’ 17”
Magnitude 17.7 brightening in Eridanus   object currently below the horizon

Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA)

C/2013 US10 (CATALINA)
R.A: 03h 06m 51s   Dec: +43° 32’ 49”
Magnitude 17.8 fading in Perseus   current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet C/2015 X7 (ATLAS)

C/2015 X7 (ATLAS)
R.A: 11h 00m 41s   Dec: +41° 27’ 02”
Magnitude 17.8 fading in Ursa Major   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet 96P/Machholz

96P/Machholz
R.A: 15h 10m 04s   Dec: -11° 41’ 11”
Magnitude 18.0 brightening in Libra   object currently below the horizon
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