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Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova

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Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova Position

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is currently in the constellation of Ophiucus. The current Right Ascension is 16h 42m 05s and the Declination is -20° 20’ 24”.

16h 42m 05s
-20° 20’ 24”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova in Ophiucus on February, 19 2020
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is right now (view fullscreen)

45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova
RA: 16h 42m 05s
Dec: -20° 20’ 24”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova
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Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova Distance

The distance of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova from Earth is currently 828,252,701 kilometers, equivalent to 5.536527 Astronomical Units. Light takes 46 minutes and 2.7536 seconds to travel from Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova and arrive to us.

828,252,701
5.536527
46 minutes and 2.7536 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 0.08331056 Astronomical Units, or 12,463,083 kilometers:

Sat Feb 11 2017
12,463,083
0.083311

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 36.24.

36.24
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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 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: 110.3°
Max altitude: 18.2°
Azimuth: 249.7°
Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

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 February 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457798.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.82397288
Orbit inclination i 4.24816326°
Perihelion distance q 0.53251299 AU
79,662,809 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.51783853 AU
825,456,897 km
Semi-major axis a 3.02517576 AU
452,559,853 km
Orbital period period 5.2600 years
1,921.8715 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Dec-31 06:22:40
2,457,753.7657 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Apr-06 03:17
2,459,675.6372 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 326.28199092978°
Longitude of the ascending node node 88.98173256884°
Mean anomaly M 8.3795046454125°
Mean motion n 0.18731742°/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
2020 Feb 12 16h 39m 24s -20° 16’ 44” 36.31 Ophiucus
2020 Feb 13 16h 39m 47s -20° 17’ 17” 36.30 Ophiucus
2020 Feb 14 16h 40m 09s -20° 17’ 50” 36.29 Ophiucus
2020 Feb 15 16h 40m 32s -20° 18’ 21” 36.28 Ophiucus
2020 Feb 16 16h 40m 54s -20° 18’ 51” 36.27 Ophiucus
2020 Feb 17 16h 41m 13s -20° 19’ 18” 36.26 Ophiucus
2020 Feb 18 16h 41m 34s -20° 19’ 45” 36.25 Ophiucus
2020 Feb 19 16h 41m 53s -20° 20’ 11” 36.25 Ophiucus
2020 Feb 20 16h 42m 12s -20° 20’ 34” 36.24 Ophiucus
2020 Feb 21 16h 42m 30s -20° 20’ 56” 36.23 Ophiucus
2020 Feb 22 16h 42m 47s -20° 21’ 16” 36.22 Ophiucus
2020 Feb 23 16h 43m 05s -20° 21’ 35” 36.21 Ophiucus
2020 Feb 24 16h 43m 21s -20° 21’ 52” 36.20 Ophiucus
2020 Feb 25 16h 43m 36s -20° 22’ 09” 36.19 Ophiucus