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

41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak at perihelion

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 (280 days ago)

Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Comets feed

Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak will make its closest approach to the Sun, at a distance of 1.05 AU.

From Ashburn (click to change), it will be visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 20:59, when it rises 24° above your north-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 04:09, 71° above your northern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 05:29, 67° above your north-western horizon.

For more information about its path across the sky, see In-The-Sky.org's ephemeris page for comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak.

This event was automatically generated on the basis of orbital elements published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC), and is updated daily (last update, 17 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 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak

The exact position of comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak will be:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude
Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak 16h22m30s +57°52' Draco 7.3

The coordinates are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 12 April 2017
Sunrise 06:36
Sunset 19:42
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

15-day old moon
Age of Moon
15 days

All times shown in EDT.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:53 13:49 20:45
Venus 05:12 11:26 17:40
Moon 21:18 01:58 07:35
Mars 08:01 15:10 22:19
Jupiter 19:04 00:54 06:39
Saturn 00:49 05:36 10:22


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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