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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet 141P/Machholz 2

Comet 141P/Machholz 2 is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension of Comet 141P/Machholz 2 is 14h 14m 39s and the Declination is -22° 14’ 48” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 141P/Machholz 2 is 26.79 (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]:

14h 14m 39s
-22° 14’ 48”
  • 141P/Machholz 2 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-West direction at an altitude of 5° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 141P/Machholz 2 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • 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 Virgo on February, 05 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 141P/Machholz 2 in Virgo on February, 05 2023
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: 14h 14m 39s
Dec: -22° 14’ 48”
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 740,967,410 kilometers, equivalent to 4.953061 Astronomical Units. Light takes 41 minutes and 11.6012 seconds to travel from Comet 141P/Machholz 2 and arrive to us.

41 minutes and 11.6012 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 2013 and December 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 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 141P/Machholz 2 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 2 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 141P/Machholz 2 is 26.79.


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 2013 and December 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: 112.2°
Max altitude: 16.3°
Azimuth: 247.8°

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
2023 Jan 29 14h 13m 59s -22° 02’ 56” 26.83 Virgo
2023 Jan 30 14h 14m 07s -22° 04’ 44” 26.82 Virgo
2023 Jan 31 14h 14m 13s -22° 06’ 29” 26.82 Virgo
2023 Feb 01 14h 14m 21s -22° 08’ 09” 26.81 Virgo
2023 Feb 02 14h 14m 26s -22° 09’ 47” 26.80 Virgo
2023 Feb 03 14h 14m 31s -22° 11’ 21” 26.80 Virgo
2023 Feb 04 14h 14m 35s -22° 12’ 51” 26.79 Virgo
2023 Feb 05 14h 14m 39s -22° 14’ 17” 26.79 Virgo
2023 Feb 06 14h 14m 41s -22° 15’ 39” 26.78 Virgo
2023 Feb 07 14h 14m 43s -22° 16’ 58” 26.77 Virgo
2023 Feb 08 14h 14m 44s -22° 18’ 11” 26.77 Virgo
2023 Feb 09 14h 14m 44s -22° 19’ 23” 26.76 Virgo
2023 Feb 10 14h 14m 43s -22° 20’ 29” 26.76 Virgo
2023 Feb 11 14h 14m 41s -22° 21’ 32” 26.75 Virgo