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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.

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Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova in Virgo on September, 22 2017
13h 06m 39s
-03° 53’ 17”
30.07
 = 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: 93.9°
Max altitude: 34.6°
Azimuth: 266.1°

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 Sep 15 29.82 12h 58m 31s -03° 00’ 46” Virgo
2017 Sep 16 29.86 12h 59m 40s -03° 08’ 21” Virgo
2017 Sep 17 29.90 13h 00m 51s -03° 15’ 56” Virgo
2017 Sep 18 29.93 13h 02m 00s -03° 23’ 27” Virgo
2017 Sep 19 29.97 13h 03m 11s -03° 30’ 59” Virgo
2017 Sep 20 30.00 13h 04m 19s -03° 38’ 26” Virgo
2017 Sep 21 30.04 13h 05m 30s -03° 45’ 54” Virgo
2017 Sep 22 30.07 13h 06m 39s -03° 53’ 17” Virgo
2017 Sep 23 30.10 13h 07m 49s -04° 00’ 41” Virgo
2017 Sep 24 30.14 13h 08m 58s -04° 08’ 02” Virgo
2017 Sep 25 30.17 13h 10m 08s -04° 15’ 20” Virgo
2017 Sep 26 30.21 13h 11m 17s -04° 22’ 36” Virgo
2017 Sep 27 30.24 13h 12m 25s -04° 29’ 50” Virgo
2017 Sep 28 30.27 13h 13m 35s -04° 37’ 04” 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.

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 4.24816297°
Perihelion distance q 0.53251299 AU
79,662,810 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.51783879 AU
825,456,935 km
Semi-major axis a 3.02517589 AU
452,559,872 km
Orbital period period 5.2600 years
1,921.8716 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
2,459,675.6374 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 326.28199828077°
Longitude of the ascending node node 88.981726125543°
Mean anomaly M 8.3795040576691°
Mean motion n 0.18731740°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2027-Aug-10
Distance of closest approach* 0.17030181 AU
25,476,789 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.