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Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes

Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes is currently in the constellation of Virgo.

The current Right Ascension of Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes is 13h 07m 05s and the Declination is -01° 50’ 22” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes is 19.47 (JPL).

13h 07m 05s
-01° 50’ 22”

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: 91.8°
Max altitude: 36.7°
Azimuth: 268.2°
  • 130P/McNaught-Hughes is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the East direction at an altitude of 6° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 130P/McNaught-Hughes is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Finder chart of 130P/McNaught-Hughes in Virgo on June,01 2023
Map showing Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes in Virgo on June, 01 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 130P/McNaught-Hughes
Map showing Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes in Virgo on June, 01 2023
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.

RA: 13h 07m 05s
Dec: -01° 50’ 22”
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 344,508,567 kilometers, equivalent to 2.302898 Astronomical Units. Light takes 19 minutes and 9.1569 seconds to travel from Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes and arrive to us.

19 minutes and 9.1569 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

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
2023 May 25 13h 09m 48s -01° 47’ 13” 19.48 Virgo
2023 May 26 13h 09m 24s -01° 47’ 09” 19.48 Virgo
2023 May 27 13h 08m 58s -01° 47’ 13” 19.48 Virgo
2023 May 28 13h 08m 35s -01° 47’ 26” 19.48 Virgo
2023 May 29 13h 08m 13s -01° 47’ 48” 19.48 Virgo
2023 May 30 13h 07m 53s -01° 48’ 19” 19.47 Virgo
2023 May 31 13h 07m 33s -01° 48’ 57” 19.47 Virgo
2023 Jun 01 13h 07m 15s -01° 49’ 45” 19.47 Virgo
2023 Jun 02 13h 06m 59s -01° 50’ 40” 19.47 Virgo
2023 Jun 03 13h 06m 43s -01° 51’ 45” 19.47 Virgo
2023 Jun 04 13h 06m 29s -01° 52’ 58” 19.47 Virgo
2023 Jun 05 13h 06m 16s -01° 54’ 19” 19.47 Virgo
2023 Jun 06 13h 06m 05s -01° 55’ 47” 19.47 Virgo
2023 Jun 07 13h 05m 54s -01° 57’ 25” 19.47 Virgo