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🌅 Sunrise: 6:36  ☀️ Transit: 13:02  🌅 Sunset: 19:29

Comet 144P/Kushida

Comet 144P/Kushida is currently in the constellation of Pisces. The current Right Ascension of Comet 144P/Kushida is 23h 17m 26s and the Declination is -01° 18’ 32” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 144P/Kushida is 21.35 (JPL).

23h 17m 26s
-01° 18’ 32”
Pisces
21.35

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet 144P/Kushida from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 91.3°
Max altitude: 37.2°
Azimuth: 268.7°
  • 144P/Kushida is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • Right now it is placed in the South-East direction at an altitude of 29° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 144P/Kushida is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Comet 144P/Kushida Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 144P/Kushida 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 144P/Kushida in Pisces on April, 01 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 144P/Kushida in Pisces on April, 01 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 144P/Kushida is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

144P/Kushida
RA: 23h 17m 26s
Dec: -01° 18’ 32”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 144P/Kushida
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 144P/Kushida?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 144P/Kushida in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 144P/Kushida Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 144P/Kushida from Earth is currently 610,998,739 kilometers, equivalent to 4.084274 Astronomical Units. Light takes 33 minutes and 58.0724 seconds to travel from Comet 144P/Kushida and arrive to us.

610,998,739
4.084274
33 minutes and 58.0724 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 144P/Kushida 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 144P/Kushida 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 144P/Kushida from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet 144P/Kushida to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 144P/Kushida to Earth happens on Tue Dec 20 2067 at a distance of 0.486109 Astronomical Units, or 72,720,828 kilometers:

Tue Dec 20 2067
72,720,828
0.486109

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

Comet 144P/Kushida Brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 144P/Kushida is 21.35.

21.35
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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 144P/Kushida, 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 144P/Kushida as a function of time

Comet 144P/Kushida Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 144P/Kushida at epoch 15 April 2009 00:00 UTC (JD: 2454937.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.62781794
Orbit inclination i 4.10912030°
Perihelion distance q 1.43898874 AU
215,269,652 km
Aphelion distance Q 6.29372545 AU
941,527,928 km
Semi-major axis a 3.86635710 AU
578,398,790 km
Orbital period period 7.6026 years
2,776.8433 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2009-Jan-26 20:32:03
2,454,858.3556 JD
Next perihelion transit 2016-Sep-03 16:46
2,457,635.1989 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 216.09503196056°
Longitude of the ascending node node 245.55923865121°
Mean anomaly M 10.260566098428°
Mean motion n 0.12964361°/day

Visualization of Comet 144P/Kushida Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 144P/Kushida with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 144P/Kushida 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 144P/Kushida
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Comet 144P/Kushida 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 144P/Kushida computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 144P/Kushida in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Mar 25 23h 07m 59s -02° 18’ 42” 21.45 Pisces
2023 Mar 26 23h 09m 15s -02° 10’ 36” 21.44 Pisces
2023 Mar 27 23h 10m 32s -02° 02’ 27” 21.43 Pisces
2023 Mar 28 23h 11m 49s -01° 54’ 19” 21.41 Pisces
2023 Mar 29 23h 13m 06s -01° 46’ 06” 21.40 Pisces
2023 Mar 30 23h 14m 25s -01° 37’ 54” 21.38 Pisces
2023 Mar 31 23h 15m 42s -01° 29’ 39” 21.37 Pisces
2023 Apr 01 23h 16m 59s -01° 21’ 23” 21.35 Pisces
2023 Apr 02 23h 18m 16s -01° 13’ 05” 21.34 Pisces
2023 Apr 03 23h 19m 33s -01° 04’ 45” 21.32 Pisces
2023 Apr 04 23h 20m 52s -00° 56’ 25” 21.31 Pisces
2023 Apr 05 23h 22m 09s -00° 48’ 02” 21.29 Pisces
2023 Apr 06 23h 23m 26s -00° 39’ 39” 21.28 Pisces
2023 Apr 07 23h 24m 45s -00° 31’ 14” 21.26 Pisces