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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 November, 24 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
14h 18m 16s
-10° 40’ 05”
32.21
 = 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: 100.7°
Max altitude: 27.9°
Azimuth: 259.3°

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 Nov 17 32.07 14h 11m 38s -10° 07’ 00” Virgo
2017 Nov 18 32.09 14h 12m 36s -10° 11’ 53” Virgo
2017 Nov 19 32.11 14h 13m 33s -10° 16’ 42” Virgo
2017 Nov 20 32.13 14h 14m 30s -10° 21’ 29” Virgo
2017 Nov 21 32.15 14h 15m 28s -10° 26’ 12” Virgo
2017 Nov 22 32.17 14h 16m 24s -10° 30’ 52” Virgo
2017 Nov 23 32.19 14h 17m 21s -10° 35’ 30” Virgo
2017 Nov 24 32.21 14h 18m 16s -10° 40’ 05” Virgo
2017 Nov 25 32.22 14h 19m 13s -10° 44’ 35” Virgo
2017 Nov 26 32.24 14h 20m 08s -10° 49’ 05” Virgo
2017 Nov 27 32.26 14h 21m 03s -10° 53’ 30” Virgo
2017 Nov 28 32.28 14h 21m 59s -10° 57’ 51” Libra
2017 Nov 29 32.30 14h 22m 53s -11° 02’ 11” Libra
2017 Nov 30 32.31 14h 23m 47s -11° 06’ 26” Libra

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.