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Comet 141P/Machholz

Altitude: -22.3°   Azimuth: 270.6°   Direction: West

Comet 141P/Machholz is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension of Comet 141P/Machholz is 13h 52m 13s and the Declination is -16° 54’ 33” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 141P/Machholz is 27.31 (JPL).

13h 52m 13s
-16° 54’ 33”

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 141P/Machholz from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 106.9°
Max altitude: 21.6°
Azimuth: 253.1°
  • 141P/Machholz is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Given its current magnitude, 141P/Machholz is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Comet 141P/Machholz Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 141P/Machholz 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 141P/Machholz in Virgo on September,25 2023
Map showing Comet 141P/Machholz in Virgo on September, 25 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 141P/Machholz
Map showing Comet 141P/Machholz in Virgo on September, 25 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 141P/Machholz is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 13h 52m 13s
Dec: -16° 54’ 33”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 141P/Machholz
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 141P/Machholz?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 141P/Machholz in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 141P/Machholz Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 141P/Machholz from Earth is currently 920,889,094 kilometers, equivalent to 6.155763 Astronomical Units. Light takes 51 minutes and 11.7554 seconds to travel from Comet 141P/Machholz and arrive to us.

51 minutes and 11.7554 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 141P/Machholz 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 141P/Machholz 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 141P/Machholz from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet 141P/Machholz to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 141P/Machholz to Earth happens on Mon Dec 17 2057 at a distance of 0.125073 Astronomical Units, or 18,710,613 kilometers:

Mon Dec 17 2057

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

Comet 141P/Machholz Brightness and Light Curve

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

Comet 141P/Machholz 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 141P/Machholz 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 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Sep 18 13h 46m 50s -16° 32’ 44” 27.29 Virgo
2023 Sep 19 13h 47m 30s -16° 35’ 25” 27.29 Virgo
2023 Sep 20 13h 48m 11s -16° 38’ 08” 27.29 Virgo
2023 Sep 21 13h 48m 51s -16° 40’ 51” 27.30 Virgo
2023 Sep 22 13h 49m 32s -16° 43’ 37” 27.30 Virgo
2023 Sep 23 13h 50m 15s -16° 46’ 24” 27.30 Virgo
2023 Sep 24 13h 50m 56s -16° 49’ 14” 27.31 Virgo
2023 Sep 25 13h 51m 38s -16° 52’ 05” 27.31 Virgo
2023 Sep 26 13h 52m 19s -16° 54’ 56” 27.31 Virgo
2023 Sep 27 13h 53m 03s -16° 57’ 51” 27.31 Virgo
2023 Sep 28 13h 53m 44s -17° 00’ 44” 27.32 Virgo
2023 Sep 29 13h 54m 28s -17° 03’ 42” 27.32 Virgo
2023 Sep 30 13h 55m 10s -17° 06’ 38” 27.32 Virgo
2023 Oct 01 13h 55m 54s -17° 09’ 38” 27.32 Virgo