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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is currently in the constellation of Libra. The current Right Ascension of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is 14h 41m 44s and the Declination is -11° 32’ 29” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is 27.94 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova [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 41m 44s
-11° 32’ 29”
  • 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-West direction at an altitude of 12° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova rise and set times.
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Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova 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 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova in Libra on January, 29 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova in Libra on January, 29 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 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 14h 41m 44s
Dec: -11° 32’ 29”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

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

The distance of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova from Earth is currently 491,843,065 kilometers, equivalent to 3.287768 Astronomical Units. Light takes 27 minutes and 20.6119 seconds to travel from Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova and arrive to us.

27 minutes and 20.6119 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova 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 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova 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 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova to Earth happens on Sat Feb 11 2017 at a distance of 0.083311 Astronomical Units, or 12,463,083 kilometers:

Sat Feb 11 2017

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

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is 27.94.


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 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 December 2100

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova 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 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 101.5°
Max altitude: 27.0°
Azimuth: 258.5°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova 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 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova at epoch 13 August 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457979.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.82399608
Orbit inclination i 4.24817054°
Perihelion distance q 0.53265015 AU
79,683,329 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.52005760 AU
825,788,865 km
Semi-major axis a 3.02635388 AU
452,736,097 km
Orbital period period 5.2649 years
1,922.9943 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Dec-31 06:49:10
2,457,753.7841 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Apr-07 06:40
2,459,676.7784 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 326.34419840517°
Longitude of the ascending node node 88.934602450647°
Mean anomaly M 42.255823560302°
Mean motion n 0.18720805°/day

Visualization of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova Orbit

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 15 Days 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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Jan 22 14h 39m 12s -11° 27’ 59” 27.83 Libra
2023 Jan 23 14h 39m 37s -11° 28’ 53” 27.85 Libra
2023 Jan 24 14h 40m 00s -11° 29’ 41” 27.86 Libra
2023 Jan 25 14h 40m 22s -11° 30’ 24” 27.88 Libra
2023 Jan 26 14h 40m 42s -11° 31’ 03” 27.89 Libra
2023 Jan 27 14h 41m 02s -11° 31’ 33” 27.91 Libra
2023 Jan 28 14h 41m 21s -11° 32’ 00” 27.92 Libra
2023 Jan 29 14h 41m 38s -11° 32’ 21” 27.93 Libra
2023 Jan 30 14h 41m 53s -11° 32’ 35” 27.95 Libra
2023 Jan 31 14h 42m 10s -11° 32’ 44” 27.96 Libra
2023 Feb 01 14h 42m 24s -11° 32’ 48” 27.98 Libra
2023 Feb 02 14h 42m 37s -11° 32’ 45” 27.99 Libra
2023 Feb 03 14h 42m 48s -11° 32’ 38” 28.01 Libra
2023 Feb 04 14h 42m 59s -11° 32’ 23” 28.02 Libra