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

C/2017 O1 (ASASSN) at perihelion

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 (4 days ago)

Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Comets feed

Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN) will make its closest approach to the Sun, at a distance of 1.49 AU.

From Ashburn (click to change), it will be visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 21:38, when it rises 24° above your north-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 04:15, 77° above your northern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 06:12, 66° above your north-western horizon.

For more information about its path across the sky, see In-The-Sky.org's ephemeris page for comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN).

This event was automatically generated on the basis of orbital elements published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC), and is updated daily (last update, 18 Oct 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/2017 O1 (ASASSN) will be:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude
Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN) 04h41m50s +51°22' Perseus 7.6

The coordinates are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 15 October 2017
Sunrise 07:18
Sunset 18:30
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

25-day old moon
Age of Moon
25 days

All times shown in EDT.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:43 13:13 18:43
Venus 05:33 11:39 17:45
Moon 03:03 09:46 16:29
Mars 05:04 11:16 17:29
Jupiter 08:01 13:28 18:56
Saturn 12:15 17:01 21:47


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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