Where is Comet Swan? Track live*!

Comet Swan is an unusually bright comet passing Earth on May 13, 2020. It's so bright you can see it with your own eyes.

It's speed is a sizzling 179,000 (111,000). It consists of mostly gas.

Where is Comet Swan now?

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Comet Swan is currently --,---,--- (--,---,---) from us, getting - (-) closer to us every second. It flies past Earth at ---,--- km/h (--,--- mph).

Since last night Comet Swan (C2020 F8) is 163,000 km (101,000 mi) closer to us. Since you started looking at this page it is 0 km (0 mi) closer.

Comet Swan C2020 F8 tail Comet Swan by Gerald Rhemann Comet Swan by Dr Paolo Candy - Ci.A.O.

When will it be back?

It won't be back in the solar system for another 12,000 years.

Comet Swan has the official name C/2020 F8 (SWAN). SWAN stands for Solar Wind ANisotropies instrument on the ESA/NASA Solar Heliospheric Observer (SOHO) space observatory, which has found 3,000 comets so far.

*This Interactive 3D Simulation is built on data provided by NASA JPL HORIZONS database for solar system objects and International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center. Distances and speeds are estimates based on this data.

Photo Credit and other: NASA, ESO/S. Brunier, NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI, NASA/JPL-Caltech, UH/IA, Solar System Scope/INOVE CC BY 4.0, Wikipedia/Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, icons8.com, Péter Eke
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