Current Observable Comets

Below is a table of all current observable comets with an amateur telescope (brighter than visual  magnitude 14). The list is in order of magnitude (brightest first), however it can be sorted by headers by clicking on them. Last updated 18 January, 2019.

CometMag.StatusHemisphereVisible
46P/Wirtanen7Fading90 N to 25 SAll night
Iwamoto (2018 Y1)9Brightening40 N to 50 SMorning
38P/Stephan-Oterma10Steady90 N to 30 SAll night
ATLAS (2018 L2)10Fading90 N to 45 NMorning
64P/Swift-Gehrels10Fading90 N to 35 SEvening
PanSTARRS (2016 M1)10.5Fading20 S to 50 SAll night
PanSTARRS (2016 R2)11Variable90 N to 0 NMorning
78P/Gehrels12Brightening55 N to 25 SEvening
PanSTARRS (2016 N6)12.5Fading45 N to 50 SAll night
C/2018 V2 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto)12.5FadingConjunctionConjunction
29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann13Variable60 N to 25 SEvening
21P/Giacobini-Zinner13Fading20 N to 55 SAll night
ASSASN (2018 N2)13.5Steady25 N to 50 SEvening
60P/Tsuchinshan13.5Fading60 N to 50 SMorning
PanSTARRS (2017 S3)13.5Fading90 N to 10 SMorning
PanSTARRS (2017 T2)14Brightening55 N to 50 SEvening

For more information on upcoming bright comets this year, please visit our bright comets of 2019 page