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Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes

Altitude: -53.9°   Azimuth: 39.3°   Direction: North-East

Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes is currently in the constellation of Capricornus, at a distance of 395,467,300 kilometers from Earth.

Finder chart of 130P/McNaught-Hughes in Capricornus on March,01 2024
Map showing Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes in Capricornus on March, 01 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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The current Right Ascension of Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes is 20h 57m 10s and the Declination is -20° 23’ 19” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes is 17.74 (JPL).

20h 57m 10s
-20° 23’ 19”
Capricornus
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17.74

The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted Magnitude as a directional indication. We acknowledge with thanks the comet observations from the COBS Comet Observation Database contributed by observers worldwide and used in this table to report recent comet observations.

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 110.5°
Max altitude: 18.0°
Azimuth: 249.6°
  • 130P/McNaught-Hughes is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Given its current magnitude, 130P/McNaught-Hughes is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Additional Resources

Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes Position and Finder Charts

Finder chart of 130P/McNaught-Hughes
Map showing Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes in Capricornus on March, 01 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

130P/McNaught-Hughes
RA: 20h 57m 10s
Dec: -20° 23’ 19”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes from Earth is currently 395,467,300 kilometers, equivalent to 2.643536 Astronomical Units. Light takes 21 minutes and 59.1369 seconds to travel from Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes and arrive to us.

395,467,300
2.643536
21 minutes and 59.1369 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Chart of the distance of Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 130P/McNaught-Hughes from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes to Earth

Between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2099, the closest approach of Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes to Earth happens on Tue Jul 28 2082 at a distance of 0.980818 Astronomical Units, or 146,728,226 kilometers:

Tue Jul 28 2082
146,728,226
0.980818

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes, according to the most recent ephemerides data. Magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval and there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. For comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of their highly dynamic behaviour.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes as a function of time

Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes at epoch 04 February 2012 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455962.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.40719338
Orbit inclination i 7.30771476°
Perihelion distance q 2.09826727 AU
313,896,317 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.98082807 AU
745,121,275 km
Semi-major axis a 3.53954767 AU
529,508,796 km
Orbital period period 6.6593 years
2,432.3164 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2011-Jun-24 22:29:25
2,455,737.4371 JD
Next perihelion transit 2018-Feb-20 06:05
2,458,169.7535 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 224.43379690834°
Longitude of the ascending node node 89.797292756135°
Mean anomaly M 33.310897050239°
Mean motion n 0.14800706°/day

Visualization of Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes and the planets along their orbits in this diagram accurately represents the current configuration of the objects in the Solar System. This is an experimental feature and it requires a WebGL enabled browser. Please provide us feedback!

Orbit Diagram of Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes
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Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2024 Feb 23 20h 35m 27s -21° 32’ 20” 17.82 Capricornus
2024 Feb 24 20h 38m 12s -21° 24’ 11” 17.81 Capricornus
2024 Feb 25 20h 40m 54s -21° 15’ 56” 17.80 Capricornus
2024 Feb 26 20h 43m 38s -21° 07’ 31” 17.79 Capricornus
2024 Feb 27 20h 46m 22s -20° 58’ 55” 17.78 Capricornus
2024 Feb 28 20h 49m 04s -20° 50’ 12” 17.77 Capricornus
2024 Feb 29 20h 51m 47s -20° 41’ 21” 17.76 Capricornus
2024 Mar 01 20h 54m 29s -20° 32’ 21” 17.75 Capricornus
2024 Mar 02 20h 57m 11s -20° 23’ 12” 17.74 Capricornus
2024 Mar 03 20h 59m 53s -20° 13’ 57” 17.73 Capricornus
2024 Mar 04 21h 02m 35s -20° 04’ 32” 17.73 Capricornus
2024 Mar 05 21h 05m 17s -19° 54’ 59” 17.72 Capricornus
2024 Mar 06 21h 07m 58s -19° 45’ 17” 17.71 Capricornus
2024 Mar 07 21h 10m 38s -19° 35’ 29” 17.70 Capricornus