Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) will make its closest approach to the Earth, at a distance of 0.30 AU.
|07 Feb 2019||– C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) at perihelion|
|13 Feb 2019||– C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) reaches its brightest|
|13 Feb 2019||– C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) at perigee|
|23 Jan 2019||Virgo||Visible from 03:20 until 06:04|
Highest at 05:31, 29° above S horizon
|25 Jan 2019||Virgo||Visible from 02:57 until 06:02|
Highest at 05:17, 30° above S horizon
|27 Jan 2019||Virgo||Visible from 02:32 until 06:01|
Highest at 05:01, 31° above S horizon
|29 Jan 2019||Virgo||Visible from 02:03 until 06:00|
Highest at 04:43, 33° above S horizon
|31 Jan 2019||Virgo||Visible from 01:28 until 05:58|
Highest at 04:23, 35° above S horizon
|02 Feb 2019||Virgo||Visible from 00:46 until 05:56|
Highest at 03:59, 38° above S horizon
|04 Feb 2019||Virgo||Visible from 23:53 until 05:54|
Highest at 03:31, 41° above S horizon
|06 Feb 2019||Virgo||Visible from 22:55 until 05:53|
Highest at 02:58, 45° above S horizon
|08 Feb 2019||Leo||Visible from 21:48 until 05:50|
Highest at 02:17, 51° above S horizon
|10 Feb 2019||Leo||Visible from 20:31 until 05:48|
Highest at 01:28, 59° above S horizon
|12 Feb 2019||Leo||Visible from 19:06 until 05:46|
Highest at 00:31, 66° above S horizon
|14 Feb 2019||Cancer||Visible from 18:32 until 05:12|
Highest at 23:25, 73° above S horizon
|16 Feb 2019||Cancer||Visible from 18:35 until 04:27|
Highest at 22:24, 79° above S horizon
|18 Feb 2019||Gemini||Visible from 18:37 until 03:40|
Highest at 21:30, 82° above S horizon
|20 Feb 2019||Gemini||Visible from 18:39 until 02:56|
Highest at 20:44, 83° above S horizon
|22 Feb 2019||Auriga||Visible from 18:41 until 02:17|
Highest at 20:06, 84° above S horizon
|24 Feb 2019||Auriga||Visible from 18:44 until 01:43|
Highest at 19:35, 84° above S horizon
|26 Feb 2019||Auriga||Visible from 18:46 until 01:16|
Highest at 19:09, 84° above S horizon
|28 Feb 2019||Auriga||Visible from 18:48 until 00:53|
Highest at 18:47, 84° above S horizon
|02 Mar 2019||Auriga||Visible from 18:50 until 00:33|
Highest at 18:50, 82° above SW horizon
|04 Mar 2019||Auriga||Visible from 18:52 until 00:15|
Highest at 18:52, 80° above SW horizon
The chart below shows the path of C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) over the course of its apparition, as calculated from the orbital elements published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC). It is available for download, either on dark background, in PNG, PDF or SVG formats, or on a light background, in PNG, PDF or SVG formats. It was produced using StarCharter.
Comets are intrinsically highly unpredictable objects, since their brightness depends on the scattering of sunlight from dust particles in the comet's coma and tail. This dust is continually streaming away from the comet's nucleus, and its density at any particular time is governed by the rate of sublimation of the ice in the comet's nucleus, as it is heated by the Sun's rays. It also depends on the amount of dust that is mixed in with that ice. This is very difficult to predict in advance, and can be highly variable even between successive apparitions of the same comet.
In consequence, while the future positions of comets are usually known with a high degree of confidence, their future brightnesses are not. For most comets, we do not publish any magnitude estimates at all. For the few comets where we do make estimates, we generally prefer the BAA's magnitude parameters to those published by the Minor Planet Center, since they are typically updated more often.
Based on the magnitude parameters published for this comet by the BAA Comet Section, we estimate that it may be around mag 6 at perigee. This estimate is based on observations that the BAA has received from amateur astronomers, assuming that its current level of activity will remain constant.
This comet is not expected to be visible to the naked eye, but might be visible through bird-watching binoculars.
The comet's position at perihelion will be:
|Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto)||09h51m40s||+19°27'||Leo||6.4|
The coordinates are given in J2000.0.
|The sky on 13 February 2019|
9 days old
All times shown in EST.
This event was automatically generated on the basis of orbital elements published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC) , and is updated whenever new elements become available. It was last updated on 18 Jan 2021.
© Andy Roberts 1997. Pictured comet is C/1995 O1 Hale-Bopp.