45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova reaches its brightest

2017 Jan 6

Dominic Ford – originally published on In-The-Sky.org

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is forecast to reach its brightest, at around mag 6.3. It will lie at a distance of 0.54 AU from the Sun, and at a distance of 0.59 AU from the Earth.

For more information about its path across the sky, see In-The-Sky.org’s ephemeris page for comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova.

This event was automatically generated on the basis of orbital elements published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC).

Note that the future positions of comets are typically known with a high degree of confidence, but their brightnesses are often much more unpredictable, since it is impossible to predict with certainty how they will respond as they move closer to the Sun. Magnitude estimates should be assumed to be highly provisional more than a few weeks in advance.

The exact position of comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova will be:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude
Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova 21h05m40s -17°38' Capricornus 6.3

The coordinates are given in J2000.0.

The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of In-The-Sky.org