Objects in your sky: Comets

by Dominic Ford

Below is a list of the brightest few comets that are visible at present.

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Comet name Mag Constellation Separation
from Sun
Trend Latest observation from
BAA Comet Section
Comet name Mag Constellation Separation
from Sun
Trend Latest observation from
BAA Comet Section
C/2017 O1 (ASASSN)10.2Cepheus117°
Fading
(peak at mag 9.6 on 16 Oct 2017)
2 Nov 2017
24P/Schaumasse11.2Virgo54°
Brightening
(peak at mag 11.0 on 16 Nov 2017)
2 Nov 2017
96P/Machholz11.5Scorpius13°
Fading
(peak at mag 2.1 on 28 Oct 2017)
1 Dec 2007
C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)11.5Orion148°
Brightening
(peak at mag 11.1 on 1 Jan~2018 2018)
2 Nov 2017
62P/Tsuchinshan11.6Leo70°
Brightening
(peak at mag 11.4 on 24 Nov 2017)
2 Nov 2017
C/2015 V2 (Johnson)11.9Pavo52°
Fading
19 Oct 2017
74P/Smirnova-Chernykh13.3Leo66°
Brightening
(peak at mag 12.4 on 11 Mar 2018)
29 Feb 2012
C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS)13.5Hercules47°
Brightening
(peak at mag 9.1 on 29 Jun 2018)
2 Nov 2017
217P/LINEAR13.6Cancer108°
Fading
30 Aug 2017
C/2015 ER61 (PANSTARRS)14.0Aries173°
Fading
2 Nov 2017
47P/Ashbrook-Jackson14.0Pisces143°
Fading
(peak at mag 13.6 on 1 Oct 2017)
29 Feb 2012
C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS)14.0Hercules39°
Brightening
(peak at mag 12.9 on 1 Apr 2018)
2 Nov 2017
C/2016 N4 (MASTER)14.4Draco96°
Fading
2 Nov 2017
C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS)14.4Hydra36°
Fading
3 Aug 2016
C/2015 VL62 (Lemmon-Yeung-PANSTARRS)14.7Sagittarius51°
Fading
19 Oct 2017
185P/Petriew14.7Sagittarius50°
Brightening
(peak at mag 10.8 on 31 Jan~2018 2018)
25 Sep 2012
65P/Gunn14.9Sagittarius36°
Fading
1 Aug 2017
C/2011 KP36 (Spacewatch)15.0Taurus160°
Fading
2 Feb 2017
69P/Taylor15.3Piscis Austrinus85°
Fading
None available
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)15.9Ophiuchus40°
Fading
1 Mar 2016
C/2013 US10 (Catalina)16.8Perseus150°
Fading
2 Jun 2016
237P/LINEAR16.9Pisces134°
Fading
1 Dec 2016
128P/Shoemaker-Holt17.0Leo92°
Brightening
(peak at mag 16.9 on 6 Jan~2018 2018)
None available
73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann17.1Pisces153°
Fading
4 Apr 2017
37P/Forbes17.2Virgo21°
Brightening
(peak at mag 13.6 on 26 Jun 2018)
16 Oct 2099

The position of each comet is calculated from orbital elements published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC), and is typically known with a high degree of confidence.

Where possible, magnitudes are estimated from observations sent into the BAA Comet Section, as compiled by Jonathan Shanklin. We avoid using the MPC's own magnitude estimates, since they are rarely updated. Nonetheless, comets are intrinsically unpredictable objects, and magnitude estimates must always be taken with a pinch of salt.

Click on the names of individual comets to display six-month ephemerides and finder charts.

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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