Future Comets – Northern Hemisphere

Below is a table of current and future notable comets that will be visible from the northern hemisphere. We have only included comets that reach a visual brightness below magnitude 12. These will be visible in most backyard telescopes. Many will be visible in binoculars.

Date ranges are for the time period when the comets are visible and brighter than magnitude 12

2019
  • Sep - Oct 2019  

     - Comet C/2018 (Africano)

    Comet C/2018 Africano is expected to reach between magnitude 9-10 at perihelion on 06th September, 2019.

  • Sep - Oct 2019  

     - Comet 260P McNaught

    260P McNaught is expected to reach perihelion on September 10, 2019 and reach a peak magnitude of +11

  • October 2019  

     - Comet C/2018 N2 ASASSN

    C/2018 N2 ASASSN is expected to reach perihelion on November 11, 2019 and reach a peak magnitude of +10

  • 10 Dec 2019 - 10 Aug 2020  

     - Comet C/2017 T2 (PanSTARRS)

    C/2017 T2 is expected to reach closest approach to Earth on 29 December 2019 however is predicted to reach peak brightness on 11 May 2020 [...]

  • July - December 2020  

     - Comet 88P/ Howell

    Comet 88P/ Howell is expected to reach peak brightness around the 15 September, 2020 at magnitude 8. The comet will then reach perihelion on 15 [...]

  • June 2021  

     - Comet 7P/ Pons-Winnecke

    Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke is expected to reach perihelion on May 27, 2021 and reach a peak magnitude of +8

  • November 2021  

     - Comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko

    Short period comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko is expected to reach perihelion on January 22, 2022 and reach a peak magnitude of +8