Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is currently in the constellation of Scorpius. The current Right Ascension of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is 16h 15m 37s and the Declination is -20° 12’ 17” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is 35.68 (JPL).
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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.
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.
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Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova from Earth is currently 844,694,288 kilometers, equivalent to 5.646433 Astronomical Units. Light takes 46 minutes and 57.5969 seconds to travel from Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova and arrive to us.
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.
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:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova brightness
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.
Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova rise and set times
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
|Perihelion distance||q||0.53251298 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2016-Dec-31 06:22:40
|Next perihelion transit||2022-Apr-06 03:17
|Argument of perihelion||peri||326.28194046799°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||88.981783253152°|
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!
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.
|2020 Oct 24||16h 09m 32s||-19° 54’ 32”||35.73||Scorpius|
|2020 Oct 25||16h 10m 18s||-19° 56’ 48”||35.73||Scorpius|
|2020 Oct 26||16h 11m 03s||-19° 59’ 04”||35.72||Scorpius|
|2020 Oct 27||16h 11m 48s||-20° 01’ 19”||35.72||Scorpius|
|2020 Oct 28||16h 12m 36s||-20° 03’ 35”||35.71||Scorpius|
|2020 Oct 29||16h 13m 23s||-20° 05’ 52”||35.70||Scorpius|
|2020 Oct 30||16h 14m 09s||-20° 08’ 07”||35.70||Scorpius|
|2020 Oct 31||16h 14m 57s||-20° 10’ 22”||35.69||Scorpius|
|2020 Nov 01||16h 15m 44s||-20° 12’ 37”||35.68||Scorpius|
|2020 Nov 02||16h 16m 32s||-20° 14’ 52”||35.68||Scorpius|
|2020 Nov 03||16h 17m 21s||-20° 17’ 06”||35.67||Scorpius|
|2020 Nov 04||16h 18m 10s||-20° 19’ 19”||35.66||Scorpius|
|2020 Nov 05||16h 18m 59s||-20° 21’ 33”||35.65||Scorpius|
|2020 Nov 06||16h 19m 47s||-20° 23’ 45”||35.65||Scorpius|