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public LocationGreenwich, United Kingdom
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 12:59 
Sunset: 21:17
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Comet 141P/Machholz

Below the horizon.  Rise: 17:15 | Tran: 21:35 | Set: 1:59
Altitude: -30.5°   Azimuth: 81.3°   Direction: East

Comet 141P/Machholz is currently in the constellation of Libra, at a distance of 630,995,807 kilometers from Earth. The current Right Ascension of Comet 141P/Machholz is 14h 25m 50s and the Declination is -18° 24’ 55” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 141P/Machholz is 26.36 (JPL).

Finder chart of 141P/Machholz in Libra on June,18 2024
Map showing Comet 141P/Machholz in Libra on June, 18 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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14h 25m 50s
-18° 24’ 55”

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 (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 108.4°
Max altitude: 20.1°
Azimuth: 251.6°

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Additional Resources

Comet 141P/Machholz Position and Finder Charts

Finder chart of 141P/Machholz
Map showing Comet 141P/Machholz in Libra on June, 18 2024
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: 14h 25m 50s
Dec: -18° 24’ 55”
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 630,995,807 kilometers, equivalent to 4.217946 Astronomical Units. Light takes 35 minutes and 4.7755 seconds to travel from Comet 141P/Machholz and arrive to us.

35 minutes and 4.7755 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
2024 Jun 11 14h 29m 12s -18° 52’ 00” 26.33 Libra
2024 Jun 12 14h 28m 44s -18° 48’ 15” 26.33 Libra
2024 Jun 13 14h 28m 14s -18° 44’ 32” 26.34 Libra
2024 Jun 14 14h 27m 47s -18° 40’ 53” 26.34 Libra
2024 Jun 15 14h 27m 20s -18° 37’ 15” 26.34 Libra
2024 Jun 16 14h 26m 53s -18° 33’ 42” 26.35 Libra
2024 Jun 17 14h 26m 27s -18° 30’ 11” 26.35 Libra
2024 Jun 18 14h 26m 03s -18° 26’ 44” 26.35 Libra
2024 Jun 19 14h 25m 39s -18° 23’ 20” 26.36 Libra
2024 Jun 20 14h 25m 15s -18° 19’ 59” 26.36 Libra
2024 Jun 21 14h 24m 53s -18° 16’ 41” 26.37 Libra
2024 Jun 22 14h 24m 32s -18° 13’ 28” 26.37 Libra
2024 Jun 23 14h 24m 11s -18° 10’ 18” 26.37 Libra
2024 Jun 24 14h 23m 52s -18° 07’ 13” 26.38 Libra