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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 Virgo on August, 16 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
14h 02m 33s
-09° 22’ 39”
35.69
 = 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: 99.4°
Max altitude: 29.1°
Azimuth: 260.6°

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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Aug 09 13h 59m 48s -09° 02’ 53” 35.58 Virgo
2018 Aug 10 14h 00m 10s -09° 05’ 30” 35.60 Virgo
2018 Aug 11 14h 00m 30s -09° 08’ 12” 35.61 Virgo
2018 Aug 12 14h 00m 54s -09° 10’ 54” 35.63 Virgo
2018 Aug 13 14h 01m 17s -09° 13’ 40” 35.64 Virgo
2018 Aug 14 14h 01m 40s -09° 16’ 27” 35.66 Virgo
2018 Aug 15 14h 02m 04s -09° 19’ 18” 35.67 Virgo
2018 Aug 16 14h 02m 29s -09° 22’ 09” 35.69 Virgo
2018 Aug 17 14h 02m 53s -09° 25’ 04” 35.70 Virgo
2018 Aug 18 14h 03m 20s -09° 28’ 00” 35.72 Virgo
2018 Aug 19 14h 03m 46s -09° 30’ 59” 35.73 Virgo
2018 Aug 20 14h 04m 12s -09° 33’ 59” 35.75 Virgo
2018 Aug 21 14h 04m 39s -09° 37’ 00” 35.76 Virgo
2018 Aug 22 14h 05m 07s -09° 40’ 05” 35.78 Virgo

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 December 2075

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 December 2075

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
Closest approach to Earth* 2017-Feb-11
Distance of closest approach* 0.08331058 AU
12,463,086 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.