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public LocationGreenwich, United Kingdom
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 12:58 
Sunset: 21:15
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Comet 144P/Kushida

Above the horizon.  Rise: 11:04 | Tran: 17:41 | Set: 0:18
Altitude: 12.3°   Azimuth: 93.1°   Direction: East

Comet 144P/Kushida is currently in the constellation of Leo, at a distance of 327,370,032 kilometers from Earth. The current Right Ascension of Comet 144P/Kushida is 10h 10m 57s and the Declination is +07° 40’ 54” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 144P/Kushida is 18.16 (JPL) while the latest observed magnitude is 13.2 (COBS).

Finder chart of 144P/Kushida in Leo on June,13 2024
Map showing Comet 144P/Kushida in Leo on June, 13 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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10h 10m 57s
+07° 40’ 54”

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 144P/Kushida from Greenwich, United Kingdom (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 82.3°
Max altitude: 46.2°
Azimuth: 277.6°
  • 144P/Kushida is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom.
  • Right now it is placed in the East direction at an altitude of 12° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 144P/Kushida is visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 10 inches (250mm) or more.
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Additional Resources

Comet 144P/Kushida Position and Finder Charts

Finder chart of 144P/Kushida
Map showing Comet 144P/Kushida in Leo on June, 13 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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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.

RA: 10h 10m 57s
Dec: +07° 40’ 54”
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 327,370,032 kilometers, equivalent to 2.188334 Astronomical Units. Light takes 18 minutes and 11.9889 seconds to travel from Comet 144P/Kushida and arrive to us.

18 minutes and 11.9889 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

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

Comet 144P/Kushida Brightness and Light Curve

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
2024 Jun 06 09h 55m 24s +08° 54’ 57” 17.93 Leo
2024 Jun 07 09h 57m 30s +08° 45’ 10” 17.96 Leo
2024 Jun 08 09h 59m 38s +08° 35’ 20” 18.00 Leo
2024 Jun 09 10h 01m 42s +08° 25’ 27” 18.03 Leo
2024 Jun 10 10h 03m 47s +08° 15’ 33” 18.06 Leo
2024 Jun 11 10h 05m 52s +08° 05’ 39” 18.09 Leo
2024 Jun 12 10h 07m 55s +07° 55’ 41” 18.12 Leo
2024 Jun 13 10h 09m 59s +07° 45’ 42” 18.15 Leo
2024 Jun 14 10h 12m 02s +07° 35’ 40” 18.18 Leo
2024 Jun 15 10h 14m 03s +07° 25’ 39” 18.21 Leo
2024 Jun 16 10h 16m 05s +07° 15’ 34” 18.24 Leo
2024 Jun 17 10h 18m 06s +07° 05’ 30” 18.27 Leo
2024 Jun 18 10h 20m 08s +06° 55’ 23” 18.30 Leo
2024 Jun 19 10h 22m 08s +06° 45’ 15” 18.33 Leo