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 March, 2019.

CometMag.StatusHemisphereVisible
Iwamoto (2018 Y1)9Fading80 N to 40 SEvening
46P/Wirtanen11Fading80 N to 25 SAll night
38P/Stephan-Oterma12Fading80 N to 20 SAll night
78P/Gehrels12SteadyPoor ElongationPoor Elongation
ATLAS (2018 L2)12Fading80 N to 45 NMorning
PanSTARRS (2016 M1)12Fading5 S to 70 SEvening
PanSTARRS (2017 T2)12.5Brightening45 N to 30 SEvening
PanSTARRS (2016 R2)12.5Variable80 N to 15 SMorning
123P/West-Hartley13Steady80 N to 25 SAll Night
64P/Swift-Gehrels13Fading75 N to 25 SEvening
29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann13VariableIn ConjunctionIn Conjunction
ASSASN (2018 N2)13.5SteadyPoor ElongationPoor Elongation
PanSTARRS (2016 N6)13.5Fading30 N to 65 SEvening
60P/Tsuchinshan14Fading45 N to 55 SAll Night

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