© Andy Roberts 1997. Pictured comet is C/1995 O1 Hale-Bopp.

74P/Smirnova-Chernykh reaches its brightest

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 (368 days ago)

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh is forecast to reach its brightest, at around mag 12.9. It will lie at a distance of 3.76 AU from the Sun, and at a distance of 2.79 AU from the Earth.

From Ashburn (click to change), it will be visible between 18:19 and 04:52. It will become accessible at around 18:19, when it rises 24° above your eastern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 23:33, 78° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 04:52 when it sinks to 24° above your western horizon.

For more information about its path across the sky, see In-The-Sky.org's ephemeris page for comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh.

This event was automatically generated on the basis of orbital elements published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC), and is updated daily (last update, 16 Jan 2018).

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.

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The path traced across the sky by 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh

The exact position of comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh will be:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude
Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh 07h03m10s +27°06' Gemini 12.9

The coordinates are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 14 January 2017
Sunrise 07:26
Sunset 17:09
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

16-day old moon
Age of Moon
16 days

All times shown in EST.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:47 10:37 15:26
Venus 09:46 15:25 21:03
Moon 20:06 01:53 08:43
Mars 10:07 15:55 21:42
Jupiter 00:18 05:57 11:36
Saturn 05:14 10:01 14:48


The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.

Image credit

© Andy Roberts 1997. Pictured comet is C/1995 O1 Hale-Bopp.




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