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

C/2015 V2 (Johnson) at perihelion

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 (104 days ago)

Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Comets feed

Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) will make its closest approach to the Sun, at a distance of 1.64 AU.

From Ashburn (click to change), it will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 21:52 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 60° above your southern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 22:11, 61° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 02:39, when it sinks to 25° above your western horizon.

For more information about its path across the sky, see In-The-Sky.org's ephemeris page for comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson).

This event was automatically generated on the basis of orbital elements published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC), and is updated daily (last update, 24 Sep 2017).

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 C/2015 V2 (Johnson) will be:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude
Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) 14h27m30s +10°25' Bootes 7.9

The coordinates are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 12 June 2017
Sunrise 05:42
Sunset 20:35
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

18-day old moon
Age of Moon
18 days

All times shown in EDT.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:04 12:23 19:41
Venus 03:24 10:03 16:43
Moon 23:02 03:17 08:15
Mars 06:38 14:07 21:36
Jupiter 14:43 20:33 02:28
Saturn 20:32 01:23 06:10


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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