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Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova

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Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations. More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova in Ursa Major on February, 25 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
11h 37m 21s
+28° 32’ 57”
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 61.5°
Max altitude: 67.1°
Azimuth: 298.5°

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova 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 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova
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Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Feb 18 10.24 13h 05m 11s +32° 33’ 37” Canes
2017 Feb 19 10.56 12h 46m 05s +32° 02’ 56” Canes
2017 Feb 20 10.87 12h 29m 51s +31° 27’ 50” Canes
2017 Feb 21 11.18 12h 16m 01s +30° 51’ 10” Coma
2017 Feb 22 11.48 12h 04m 10s +30° 14’ 35” Ursa Major
2017 Feb 23 11.77 11h 53m 57s +29° 39’ 06” Ursa Major
2017 Feb 24 12.05 11h 45m 06s +29° 05’ 08” Ursa Major
2017 Feb 25 12.33 11h 37m 21s +28° 32’ 57” Ursa Major
2017 Feb 26 12.60 11h 30m 33s +28° 02’ 35” Leo
2017 Feb 27 12.86 11h 24m 32s +27° 33’ 57” Leo
2017 Feb 28 13.11 11h 19m 10s +27° 07’ 01” Leo
2017 Mar 01 13.36 11h 14m 25s +26° 41’ 39” Leo
2017 Mar 02 13.59 11h 10m 08s +26° 17’ 43” Leo
2017 Mar 03 13.83 11h 06m 16s +25° 55’ 05” Leo Minor

Distance of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval. The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova from Earth between January 2013 and January 2035

Light Curve of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova, 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 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova between January 2013 and January 2035

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova at epoch 06 January 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457760.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.82392643
Orbit inclination i 4.24948438°
Perihelion distance q 0.53255577 AU
79,669,210 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.51668581 AU
825,284,452 km
Semi-major axis a 3.02462079 AU
452,476,831 km
Orbital period period 5.2600 years
1,921.3427 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Dec-31 06:24:57
2,457,753.7673 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Apr-05 14:38
2,459,675.1100 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 326.26418870916°
Longitude of the ascending node node 89.005064665114°
Mean anomaly M 1.2614930292723°
Mean motion n 0.18736897°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2017-Feb-11
Distance of closest approach* 0.08329363 AU
12,460,550 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2035-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.