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

144P/Kushida at perigee

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Comet 144P/Kushida will make its closest approach to the Earth, at a distance of 0.57 AU.

From Fairfield the 2023–2024 apparition of 144P/Kushida will progress as follows:

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13 Dec 2023 – 144P/Kushida at perigee
09 Jan 2024 – 144P/Kushida reaches its brightest
26 Jan 2024 – 144P/Kushida at perihelion
22 Nov 2023AriesVisible from 17:38 until 03:42
Highest at 22:37, 67° above S horizon
24 Nov 2023AriesVisible from 17:39 until 03:35
Highest at 22:31, 67° above S horizon
26 Nov 2023AriesVisible from 17:36 until 03:25
Highest at 22:22, 66° above S horizon
28 Nov 2023AriesVisible from 17:37 until 03:16
Highest at 22:13, 66° above S horizon
30 Nov 2023AriesVisible from 17:38 until 03:07
Highest at 22:04, 66° above S horizon
02 Dec 2023AriesVisible from 17:36 until 02:58
Highest at 21:56, 66° above S horizon
04 Dec 2023AriesVisible from 17:37 until 02:50
Highest at 21:47, 65° above S horizon
06 Dec 2023AriesVisible from 17:34 until 02:42
Highest at 21:40, 65° above S horizon
08 Dec 2023AriesVisible from 17:36 until 02:34
Highest at 21:32, 65° above S horizon
10 Dec 2023AriesVisible from 17:37 until 02:26
Highest at 21:25, 65° above S horizon
12 Dec 2023AriesVisible from 17:35 until 02:19
Highest at 21:18, 64° above S horizon
14 Dec 2023AriesVisible from 17:37 until 02:12
Highest at 21:11, 64° above S horizon
16 Dec 2023AriesVisible from 17:38 until 02:06
Highest at 21:05, 64° above S horizon
18 Dec 2023AriesVisible from 17:40 until 02:00
Highest at 21:00, 64° above S horizon
20 Dec 2023AriesVisible from 17:38 until 01:51
Highest at 20:50, 64° above S horizon
22 Dec 2023AriesVisible from 17:40 until 01:46
Highest at 20:46, 64° above S horizon
24 Dec 2023AriesVisible from 17:41 until 01:38
Highest at 20:37, 63° above S horizon
26 Dec 2023AriesVisible from 17:43 until 01:33
Highest at 20:33, 63° above S horizon
28 Dec 2023AriesVisible from 17:45 until 01:26
Highest at 20:26, 63° above S horizon
30 Dec 2023AriesVisible from 17:47 until 01:23
Highest at 20:23, 63° above S horizon
01 Jan 2024AriesVisible from 17:48 until 01:16
Highest at 20:16, 63° above S horizon

A more detailed table of 144P/Kushida's position on each night is available here. A diagram of the orbit of 144P/Kushida is available here.

Finder chart

The chart below shows the path of 144P/Kushida 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.

Comet brightnesses

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 144P/Kushida is currently available.

The comet's position at perihelion will be:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude
Comet 144P/Kushida 02h50m00s 15°28'N Aries 7.5

The coordinates are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 13 December 2023
Sunrise
07:08
Sunset
16:24
Twilight ends
18:04
Twilight begins
05:28

1-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

1%

1 day old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:28 13:01 17:34
Venus 03:44 09:02 14:20
Moon 08:10 12:31 16:47
Mars 06:37 11:14 15:52
Jupiter 13:54 20:41 03:28
Saturn 11:24 16:43 22:01
All times shown in EST.

Source

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 27 Sep 2021.

Image credit

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

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