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 11 November, 2018.

CometMag.StatusHemisphereVisible
46P/Wirtanen8.5Brightening45 N to 60 SAll night
C/2018 V2 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto)9Brighening70 N to 25 SMorning
38P/Stephan-Oterma9.5Brightening90 N to 50 SMorning
64P/Swift-Gehrels10.5Steady
90 N to 35 SAll night
PanSTARRS (2016 M1)10.5Fading25 S to 60 SEvening
PanSTARRS (2016 R2)10.5Variable90 N to 30 NEvening
21P/Giacobini-Zinner11Fading40 N to 60 SMorning
ATLAS (2018 L2)12SteadyPoor elongationPoor elongation
PanSTARRS (2016 N6)12.5Steady65 N to 45 SMorning
PanSTARRS (2017 S3)13FadingPoor elongationPoor elongation
29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann13Variable60 N to 60 SEvening
78P/Gehrels13.5Brightening50 N to 55 SEvening
48P/Johnson13.5Steady35 N to 60 SEvening

For more information on upcoming bright comets this year, please visit our bright comets of 2018 page