ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase PA
Today23 Oct 202117.02.813 AU2.910 AU09h15m+19°35'74.5°19.9°288°
Nearest approach23 Feb 202213.82.409 AU1.439 AU09h40m+19°06'165.3°6.0°128°
Perihelion17 Jul 202214.12.197 AU2.573 AU11h28m+03°44'57.3°22.9°113°
116P/Wild- 2021-10-23

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The interactive orbit chart above shows the comet's path through the solar system and its position at the given date. Green and blue lines are shown perpendicular to the ecliptic plane: Green if the path is above the ecliptic plane, blue if it is below. (Left-click and drag to rotate the view; Right-click and drag to move the view; Use scroll wheel to zoom in our out.)

The orbital elements of 116P/Wild are:

            e (eccentricity)                : 0.3705910
            q (perihelion distance)         : 2.1968060
            i (inclination)                 : 3.60350
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 20.98260
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 173.32110
            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 14.31679
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 0.41883
            T (Time of perihelion passage)  : 2459777.51240
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 6.52

            Epoch                           : 2021 Oct 22
            Reference                       : MPEC 2021-U31

            Classification(s):              : Ecliptic; Encke type
            Tisserand (Jupiter)             : 3.009

The light curve chart below shows the estimated development of the comet's magnitude. Blue and black dots are visual and photometric CCD observations respectively from COBS or the MPC. The light curve is estimated based on previous apparitions. (3.50 + 5 log[∆] + 25.00 log[r]).

The all-sky chart below shows the path of the comet over the same period as the light curve. The comet's current position is marked yellow.

The following chart shows the short-term path of the comet in a field of view that is optimized for (~10x50) binoculars and finderscopes.
A more printer-friendly version of the same chart can be found further down this page as well.

The following chart shows the current location of the comet in a smaller, upside-down telescopic field of view.