Comet 48P/Johnson will make its closest approach to the Sun, at a distance of 2.01 AU.
|13 Aug 2018||– 48P/Johnson at perihelion|
|23 Jul 2018||Aquarius||Visible from 01:21 until 04:23|
Highest at 03:32, 29° above S horizon
|25 Jul 2018||Aquarius||Visible from 01:17 until 04:25|
Highest at 03:24, 29° above S horizon
|27 Jul 2018||Aquarius||Visible from 01:13 until 04:27|
Highest at 03:17, 28° above S horizon
|29 Jul 2018||Aquarius||Visible from 01:09 until 04:30|
Highest at 03:09, 28° above S horizon
|31 Jul 2018||Aquarius||Visible from 01:05 until 04:33|
Highest at 03:01, 28° above S horizon
|02 Aug 2018||Aquarius||Visible from 01:02 until 04:35|
Highest at 02:54, 27° above S horizon
|04 Aug 2018||Aquarius||Visible from 00:58 until 04:33|
Highest at 02:46, 27° above S horizon
|06 Aug 2018||Aquarius||Visible from 00:55 until 04:20|
Highest at 02:38, 26° above S horizon
|08 Aug 2018||Aquarius||Visible from 00:51 until 04:07|
Highest at 02:29, 26° above S horizon
|10 Aug 2018||Aquarius||Visible from 00:48 until 03:54|
Highest at 02:21, 26° above S horizon
|12 Aug 2018||Aquarius||Visible from 00:45 until 03:40|
Highest at 02:13, 25° above S horizon
|14 Aug 2018||Aquarius||Visible from 00:43 until 03:26|
Highest at 02:04, 25° above S horizon
|16 Aug 2018||Aquarius||Visible from 00:41 until 03:11|
Highest at 01:56, 24° above S horizon
|18 Aug 2018||Piscis Austrinus||Visible from 00:39 until 02:56|
Highest at 01:47, 24° above S horizon
|20 Aug 2018||Piscis Austrinus||Visible from 00:37 until 02:41|
Highest at 01:39, 24° above S horizon
|22 Aug 2018||Piscis Austrinus||Visible from 00:36 until 02:24|
Highest at 01:30, 23° above S horizon
|24 Aug 2018||Piscis Austrinus||Visible from 00:36 until 02:07|
Highest at 01:22, 23° above S horizon
|26 Aug 2018||Piscis Austrinus||Visible from 00:38 until 01:48|
Highest at 01:13, 22° above S horizon
|28 Aug 2018||Piscis Austrinus||Visible from 00:44 until 01:25|
Highest at 01:04, 22° above S horizon
|30 Aug 2018||Piscis Austrinus||Not observable|
|01 Sep 2018||Piscis Austrinus||Not observable|
At the moment of perihelion it will be visible between 00:43 and 03:35. It will become accessible around 00:43, when it rises to an altitude of 21° above your southern horizon. It will reach its highest point in the sky at 02:09, 25° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible around 03:35 when it sinks below 22° above your southern horizon.
The chart below shows the path of 48P/Johnson over the course of its apparition, as calculated from the orbital elements published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC). It is available for download, either on dark background, in PNG, PDF or SVG formats, or on a light background, in PNG, PDF or SVG formats. It was produced using StarCharter.
Comets are intrinsically highly unpredictable objects, since their brightness depends on the scattering of sunlight from dust particles in the comet's coma and tail. This dust is continually streaming away from the comet's nucleus, and its density at any particular time is governed by the rate of sublimation of the ice in the comet's nucleus, as it is heated by the Sun's rays. It also depends on the amount of dust that is mixed in with that ice. This is very difficult to predict in advance, and can be highly variable even between successive apparitions of the same comet.
In consequence, while the future positions of comets are usually known with a high degree of confidence, their future brightnesses are not. For most comets, we do not publish any magnitude estimates at all. For the few comets where we do make estimates, we generally prefer the BAA's magnitude parameters to those published by the Minor Planet Center, since they are typically updated more often.
No estimate for the brightness of comet 48P/Johnson is currently available.
The comet's position at perihelion will be:
The coordinates are given in J2000.0.
|The sky on 13 August 2018|
2 days old
All times shown in EDT.
This event was automatically generated on the basis of orbital elements published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC) , and is updated whenever new elements become available. It was last updated on 06 Dec 2020.
© Andy Roberts 1997. Pictured comet is C/1995 O1 Hale-Bopp.