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Browse and discover detailed information about 108 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: 00h 08m 46s   Dec: +06° 49’ 55”
Magnitude 7.7 brightening in Pisces   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 12m 59s   Dec: +45° 53’ 57”
Magnitude 9.7 brightening in Hercules   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak

41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak
R.A: 09h 41m 00s   Dec: +25° 05’ 13”
Magnitude 11.4 brightening in Leo   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova

45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova
R.A: 11h 32m 07s   Dec: +28° 09’ 29”
Magnitude 12.5 fading in Ursa Major   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1

29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1
R.A: 20h 55m 53s   Dec: -18° 07’ 26”
Magnitude 15.0 in Capricornus   object currently below the horizon

Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS)

C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 14h 40m 06s   Dec: -35° 06’ 19”
Magnitude 15.1 in Centaurus   object currently below the horizon

Comet C/2013 YG46 (Spacewatch)

C/2013 YG46 (Spacewatch)
R.A: 21h 20m 36s   Dec: -20° 53’ 10”
Magnitude 15.3 in Capricornus   object currently below the horizon

Comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER)

C/2016 N4 (MASTER)
R.A: 23h 21m 12s   Dec: +05° 22’ 23”
Magnitude 15.9 brightening in Pisces   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS)

C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 19h 09m 26s   Dec: -00° 01’ 25”
Magnitude 16.3 brightening in Aquila   object currently below the horizon

Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS)

C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 08h 44m 57s   Dec: -01° 56’ 28”
Magnitude 16.7 brightening in Hydra   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet C/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS)

C/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 17h 24m 06s   Dec: -06° 35’ 04”
Magnitude 17.0 in Ophiucus   object currently below the horizon

Comet C/2015 TQ209 (LINEAR)

C/2015 TQ209 (LINEAR)
R.A: 16h 57m 45s   Dec: -20° 26’ 50”
Magnitude 17.1 fading in Ophiucus   object currently below the horizon

Comet C/2016 S1 (PANSTARRS)

C/2016 S1 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 01h 45m 26s   Dec: -61° 49’ 36”
Magnitude 17.2 brightening in Hydrus   object currently below the horizon

Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS)

C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 18h 59m 24s   Dec: +45° 58’ 14”
Magnitude 17.3 brightening in Lyra   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet 104P/Kowal 2

104P/Kowal 2
R.A: 22h 47m 07s   Dec: -01° 03’ 30”
Magnitude 17.4 brightening in Aquarius   object currently below the horizon

Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA)

C/2013 US10 (CATALINA)
R.A: 02h 55m 58s   Dec: +45° 04’ 43”
Magnitude 17.4 fading in Perseus   current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet C/2015 X7 (ATLAS)

C/2015 X7 (ATLAS)
R.A: 11h 16m 02s   Dec: +36° 38’ 26”
Magnitude 17.5 fading in Ursa Major   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet C/2016 T3 (PANSTARRS)

C/2016 T3 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 02h 10m 43s   Dec: +26° 36’ 33”
Magnitude 17.8 brightening in Aries   current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)

C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 02h 53m 30s   Dec: -26° 02’ 56”
Magnitude 17.9 brightening in Fornax   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet 96P/Machholz

96P/Machholz
R.A: 15h 04m 41s   Dec: -11° 18’ 13”
Magnitude 18.1 brightening in Libra   object currently below the horizon
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