The comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova

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From Ashburn (click to change), 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 01:51 (EST) – 5 hours and 33 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 35° above the southern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:15.

Name 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Constellation:Libra
Brightness (V):Mag 24.0
Right Ascension:14h59m
Declination:-13°29'
Source for position: Computed using orbital elements from Minor Planet Centre
Orbital Elements
Semi-major axis:3.03 AU
Eccentricity:0.823910
Inclination:4.26°
Longitude ascending node:88.73°
Argument of perihelion:326.62°
Epoch of elements:17 January 2018
Mean Anomaly at epoch:71.48°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:0.53 AU
Aphelion:5.53 AU
Orbital period:5.28 years
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The path traced across the sky by 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova
Additional sources

Magnitudes estimates are derived from observations sent into the BAA Comet Section, as compiled by Jonathan Shanklin and last updated on 4 April 2017. We use these amateur observations in preference to the MPC's magnitude estimates, since they are updated much more often. Nonetheless, all comets are intrinsically unpredictable objects, and future magnitude estimates must always be taken with a pinch of salt.

Ashburn

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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