Comet West (C/1975 V1-A)
Comet West (C/1975 V1-A) is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension of Comet West (C/1975 V1-A) is 19h 34m 01s and the Declination is -16° 26’ 50” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]).
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Comet West (C/1975 V1-A) Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet West (C/1975 V1-A) 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.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet West (C/1975 V1-A) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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Comet West (C/1975 V1-A) Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet West (C/1975 V1-A) from Earth is currently 10,584,210,332 kilometers, equivalent to 70.751076 Astronomical Units. Light takes 9 hours, 48 minutes and 25.1254 seconds to travel from Comet West (C/1975 V1-A) and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet West (C/1975 V1-A) 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.
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/1975 V1-A (West) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet West (C/1975 V1-A) to Earth
Between January 1900 and January 2100, the closest approach of Comet West (C/1975 V1-A) to Earth happens on Sun Feb 29 1976 at a distance of 0.794181 Astronomical Units, or 118,807,840 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet West (C/1975 V1-A) brightness
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.
Comet West (C/1975 V1-A) rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet West (C/1975 V1-A) 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 West (C/1975 V1-A) Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||0.19662600 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||1976-Feb-25 05:19:06
|Argument of perihelion||peri||358.427°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||118.924°|
Visualization of Comet West (C/1975 V1-A) Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet West (C/1975 V1-A) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet West (C/1975 V1-A) 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!
Comet West (C/1975 V1-A) 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet West (C/1975 V1-A) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet West (C/1975 V1-A) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2020 Oct 18||19h 33m 57s||-16° 26’ 22”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Oct 19||19h 33m 57s||-16° 26’ 26”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Oct 20||19h 33m 57s||-16° 26’ 30”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Oct 21||19h 33m 59s||-16° 26’ 35”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Oct 22||19h 33m 59s||-16° 26’ 39”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Oct 23||19h 34m 00s||-16° 26’ 43”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Oct 24||19h 34m 00s||-16° 26’ 45”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Oct 25||19h 34m 00s||-16° 26’ 48”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Oct 26||19h 34m 01s||-16° 26’ 53”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Oct 27||19h 34m 02s||-16° 26’ 56”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Oct 28||19h 34m 02s||-16° 26’ 58”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Oct 29||19h 34m 04s||-16° 27’ 01”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Oct 30||19h 34m 05s||-16° 27’ 03”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Oct 31||19h 34m 05s||-16° 27’ 06”||N.A.||Sagittarius|