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Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto)

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Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) Position

Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) is currently in the constellation of Ara. The current Right Ascension is 17h 20m 53s and the Declination is -50° 12’ 15”.

17h 20m 53s
-50° 12’ 15”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) in Ara on January, 24 2020
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto)
RA: 17h 20m 53s
Dec: -50° 12’ 15”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) from Earth is currently 957,708,633 kilometers, equivalent to 6.401887 Astronomical Units. Light takes 53 minutes and 14.5721 seconds to travel from Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) and arrive to us.

53 minutes and 14.5721 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) 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 C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) 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 C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) to Earth happens on Tue Nov 27 2018 at a distance of 0.66760987 Astronomical Units, or 99,873,015 kilometers:

Tue Nov 27 2018

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) is 31.59.


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 C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto), 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 C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) rise and set times

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Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) 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 C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) at epoch 15 November 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458438.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00039679
Orbit inclination i 143.98783385°
Perihelion distance q 0.38695425 AU
57,887,532 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Dec-03 12:11:36
2,458,456.0081 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 88.774913687072°
Longitude of the ascending node node 128.72219742331°
Mean anomaly M -0.00056661929726209°
Mean motion n 0.00003236°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) 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 C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto)
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Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Jan 17 17h 16m 36s -49° 42’ 25” 31.49 Ara
2020 Jan 18 17h 17m 12s -49° 46’ 10” 31.51 Ara
2020 Jan 19 17h 17m 47s -49° 49’ 58” 31.52 Ara
2020 Jan 20 17h 18m 20s -49° 53’ 47” 31.53 Ara
2020 Jan 21 17h 18m 55s -49° 57’ 38” 31.54 Ara
2020 Jan 22 17h 19m 27s -50° 01’ 32” 31.56 Ara
2020 Jan 23 17h 19m 59s -50° 05’ 30” 31.57 Ara
2020 Jan 24 17h 20m 31s -50° 09’ 29” 31.58 Ara
2020 Jan 25 17h 21m 02s -50° 13’ 31” 31.59 Ara
2020 Jan 26 17h 21m 33s -50° 17’ 35” 31.61 Ara
2020 Jan 27 17h 22m 04s -50° 21’ 41” 31.62 Ara
2020 Jan 28 17h 22m 33s -50° 25’ 50” 31.63 Ara
2020 Jan 29 17h 23m 02s -50° 30’ 01” 31.64 Ara
2020 Jan 30 17h 23m 30s -50° 34’ 14” 31.65 Ara