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

24P/Schaumasse at perihelion

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 (61 days ago)

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Comet 24P/Schaumasse will make its closest approach to the Sun, at a distance of 1.20 AU.

From Ashburn (click to change), it will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 02:08 (EST) – 4 hours and 43 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 39° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 05:44.

For more information about its path across the sky, see In-The-Sky.org's ephemeris page for comet 24P/Schaumasse.

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 24P/Schaumasse

The exact position of comet 24P/Schaumasse will be:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude
Comet 24P/Schaumasse 12h10m00s +07°45' Virgo 10.4

The coordinates are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 16 November 2017
Sunrise 06:53
Sunset 16:54
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

28-day old moon
Age of Moon
28 days

All times shown in EST.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:45 13:19 17:53
Venus 05:46 11:03 16:19
Moon 05:01 10:37 16:14
Mars 03:38 09:25 15:11
Jupiter 05:30 10:49 16:08
Saturn 09:23 14:08 18:53


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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