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Position of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) in the Sky

The current position of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) is computed using high quality data sets provided by the JPL Horizons ephemeris service (see acknowledgements). It is important to be aware that for objects like comets there might be large discrepancies between the predicted magnitude and the real one. This happens because comets magnitude is highly influenced by physical phenomena which can be hardly modelled and calculated in advance.

Current close conjunctions

List of bright objects (stars brighter than magnitude 9.0 and galaxies brighter than magmitude 14.0) close to Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) (less than 1.5 degrees):

TypeNameMagnitudeArDec
StarHIP 371727.89307h 38m 17s+42° 27’ 36”
StarHIP 372357.49907h 38m 52s+42° 27’ 29”
StarHIP 373656.840807h 40m 13s+41° 09’ 48”
StarHIP 373688.544607h 40m 14s+42° 06’ 15”
StarHIP 377067.677207h 44m 08s+42° 18’ 34”
StarHIP 378007.965807h 45m 02s+41° 11’ 40”
StarHIP 37805007h 45m 06s+43° 06’ 41”
StarHIP 378478.669407h 45m 31s+42° 06’ 02”
StarHIP 378708.669407h 45m 45s+43° 10’ 25”
StarHIP 379998.502207h 47m 15s+42° 03’ 12”
StarHIP 380888.92207h 48m 19s+43° 01’ 05”

Additional resources

Astronomy databases

This online sky chart is created using the following astronomy databases and services:

  1. The Digitized Sky Survey, a photographic survey of the whole sky created using images from different telescopes, including the Oschin Schmidt Telescope on Palomar Mountain
  2. The Hipparcos Star Catalogue, containing more than 100.000 bright stars
  3. The PGC 2003 Catalogue, containing information about 1 million galaxies
  4. The GSC 2.3 Catalogue, containing information about more than 2 billion stars and galaxies
Please see the acknowledgements section.

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