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Comet 141P/Machholz 2

Comet 141P/Machholz 2 is currently in the constellation of Pisces. The current Right Ascension of Comet 141P/Machholz 2 is 00h 22m 24s and the Declination is -01° 41’ 53” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 141P/Machholz 2 is 10.60 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 141P/Machholz 2 [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

00h 22m 24s
-01° 41’ 53”
Pisces
10.60
  • 141P/Machholz 2 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West-South-West direction at an altitude of 20° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 141P/Machholz 2 is visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 6 inches (150mm) or more.
  • See also 141P/Machholz 2 rise and set times.
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Comet 141P/Machholz 2 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 141P/Machholz 2 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.

Map showing Comet 141P/Machholz 2 in Pisces on January, 24 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 141P/Machholz 2 in Pisces on January, 24 2021
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 141P/Machholz 2 is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

141P/Machholz 2
RA: 00h 22m 24s
Dec: -01° 41’ 53”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 141P/Machholz 2
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 141P/Machholz 2?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 141P/Machholz 2 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 141P/Machholz 2 Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 141P/Machholz 2 from Earth is currently 117,861,012 kilometers, equivalent to 0.787852 Astronomical Units. Light takes 6 minutes and 33.1420 seconds to travel from Comet 141P/Machholz 2 and arrive to us.

117,861,012
0.787852
6 minutes and 33.1420 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 141P/Machholz 2 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.

Distance of Comet 141P/Machholz 2 from Earth between January 2014 and January 2100

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 141P/Machholz 2 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 141P/Machholz 2 to Earth

Between January 2014 and January 2100, the closest approach of Comet 141P/Machholz 2 to Earth happens on Tue Nov 29 2089 at a distance of 0.183223 Astronomical Units, or 27,409,789 kilometers:

Tue Nov 29 2089
27,409,789
0.183223

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

Comet 141P/Machholz 2 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 141P/Machholz 2 is 10.60.

10.60
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The observed magnitude and coma diameter values are derived from the Comet Observers Database by averaging the values reported in recent observations (more recent than 4 days), when available. The Estimated Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of comets. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Estimated 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.

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 141P/Machholz 2, 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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 141P/Machholz 2 between January 2014 and January 2100

Comet 141P/Machholz 2 rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Comet 141P/Machholz 2 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 91.8°
Max altitude: 36.8°
Azimuth: 268.3°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 141P/Machholz 2 touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet 141P/Machholz 2 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 141P/Machholz 2 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 141P/Machholz 2 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Jan 17 23h 32m 03s -03° 33’ 51” 9.99 Aquarius
2021 Jan 18 23h 38m 21s -03° 19’ 55” 10.06 Aquarius
2021 Jan 19 23h 44m 40s -03° 05’ 52” 10.13 Pisces
2021 Jan 20 23h 51m 03s -02° 51’ 39” 10.20 Pisces
2021 Jan 21 23h 57m 29s -02° 37’ 21” 10.28 Pisces
2021 Jan 22 00h 03m 57s -02° 22’ 55” 10.36 Pisces
2021 Jan 23 00h 10m 28s -02° 08’ 24” 10.44 Pisces
2021 Jan 24 00h 17m 02s -01° 53’ 45” 10.53 Pisces
2021 Jan 25 00h 23m 36s -01° 39’ 03” 10.62 Pisces
2021 Jan 26 00h 30m 12s -01° 24’ 18” 10.71 Cetus
2021 Jan 27 00h 36m 51s -01° 09’ 28” 10.81 Cetus
2021 Jan 28 00h 43m 29s -00° 54’ 36” 10.91 Cetus
2021 Jan 29 00h 50m 09s -00° 39’ 42” 11.02 Cetus
2021 Jan 30 00h 56m 50s -00° 24’ 47” 11.12 Cetus