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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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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet Encke (2P/Encke)

Encke's Comet
R.A: 20h 36m 42s   Dec: -20° 54’ 59”
Magnitude 20.3 fading in Capricornus   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet 290P/Jager

290P/Jager
R.A: 18h 10m 05s   Dec: -31° 41’ 59”
Magnitude 20.4 in Sagittarius   object currently below the horizon

Comet 81P/Wild 2

81P/Wild 2
R.A: 20h 10m 05s   Dec: -19° 53’ 44”
Magnitude 20.4 fading in Capricornus   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma

38P/Stephan-Oterma
R.A: 21h 27m 14s   Dec: -32° 22’ 14”
Magnitude 20.4 brightening in Microscopium   object currently below the horizon

Comet 213P/Van Ness

213P/Van Ness
R.A: 20h 59m 52s   Dec: -11° 47’ 36”
Magnitude 20.4 fading in Aquarius   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet 22P/Kopff

22P/Kopff
R.A: 05h 39m 00s   Dec: +19° 33’ 35”
Magnitude 20.5 in Taurus   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo)

C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo)
R.A: 16h 04m 53s   Dec: -26° 42’ 14”
Magnitude 20.5 in Scorpius   object currently below the horizon

Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS)

C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 20h 44m 04s   Dec: -04° 23’ 37”
Magnitude 20.6 in Aquarius   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet 56P/Slaughter-Burnham

56P/Slaughter-Burnham
R.A: 09h 56m 53s   Dec: +17° 43’ 02”
Magnitude 20.8 in Leo   object currently below the horizon

Comet 77P/Longmore

77P/Longmore
R.A: 21h 48m 45s   Dec: -30° 13’ 29”
Magnitude 20.9 fading in Pisces   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet 17P/Holmes

17P/Holmes
R.A: 12h 02m 52s   Dec: -09° 38’ 32”
Magnitude 20.9 in Virgo   object currently below the horizon

Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE)

C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE)
R.A: 01h 54m 58s   Dec: -28° 35’ 32”
Magnitude 20.9 fading in Fornax   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet C/2017 P2 (PANSTARRS)

C/2017 P2 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 18h 55m 24s   Dec: +07° 31’ 24”
Magnitude 21.0 in Aquila   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet C/2017 S2 (PANSTARRS)

C/2017 S2 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 01h 06m 49s   Dec: -03° 12’ 28”
Magnitude 21.1 fading in Cetus   current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner

21P/Giacobini-Zinner
R.A: 15h 46m 06s   Dec: -03° 30’ 09”
Magnitude 21.3 brightening in Serpens   object currently below the horizon

Comet C/2016 S1 (PANSTARRS)

C/2016 S1 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 15h 03m 31s   Dec: -30° 52’ 38”
Magnitude 21.3 fading in Lupus   object currently below the horizon

Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS)

P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 21h 03m 52s   Dec: -09° 15’ 05”
Magnitude 21.3 fading in Aquarius   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet C/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS)

C/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 15h 30m 27s   Dec: -33° 48’ 30”
Magnitude 21.5 in Lupus   object currently below the horizon

Comet P/2017 R1 (PANSTARRS)

P/2017 R1 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 23h 10m 15s   Dec: -07° 15’ 45”
Magnitude 21.6 fading in Aquarius   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS)

C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 19h 46m 55s   Dec: -61° 46’ 24”
Magnitude 21.8 fading in Pavo   object currently below the horizon
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