|13 Dec 2023||–||144P/Kushida at perigee|
|09 Jan 2024||–||144P/Kushida reaches its brightest|
|26 Jan 2024||–||144P/Kushida at perihelion|
|19 Dec 2023||Aries||Visible from 17:43 until 02:10|
Highest at 21:09, 57° above S horizon
|21 Dec 2023||Aries||Visible from 17:44 until 02:05|
Highest at 21:04, 57° above S horizon
|23 Dec 2023||Aries||Visible from 17:42 until 02:00|
Highest at 21:00, 57° above S horizon
|25 Dec 2023||Aries||Visible from 17:44 until 01:52|
Highest at 20:52, 57° above S horizon
|27 Dec 2023||Aries||Visible from 17:46 until 01:48|
Highest at 20:48, 57° above S horizon
|29 Dec 2023||Aries||Visible from 17:47 until 01:41|
Highest at 20:41, 57° above S horizon
|31 Dec 2023||Aries||Visible from 17:49 until 01:34|
Highest at 20:34, 57° above S horizon
|02 Jan 2024||Aries||Visible from 17:51 until 01:31|
Highest at 20:31, 57° above S horizon
|04 Jan 2024||Aries||Visible from 17:52 until 01:25|
Highest at 20:25, 57° above S horizon
|06 Jan 2024||Aries||Visible from 17:54 until 01:20|
Highest at 20:20, 57° above S horizon
|08 Jan 2024||Aries||Visible from 17:55 until 01:15|
Highest at 20:14, 57° above S horizon
|10 Jan 2024||Aries||Visible from 17:57 until 01:14|
Highest at 20:14, 57° above S horizon
|12 Jan 2024||Taurus||Visible from 18:02 until 01:10|
Highest at 20:09, 57° above S horizon
|14 Jan 2024||Taurus||Visible from 18:04 until 01:06|
Highest at 20:05, 57° above S horizon
|16 Jan 2024||Taurus||Visible from 18:05 until 01:02|
Highest at 20:01, 57° above S horizon
|18 Jan 2024||Taurus||Visible from 18:10 until 00:59|
Highest at 19:58, 57° above S horizon
|20 Jan 2024||Taurus||Visible from 18:11 until 00:56|
Highest at 19:55, 57° above S horizon
|22 Jan 2024||Taurus||Visible from 18:12 until 00:50|
Highest at 19:48, 57° above S horizon
|24 Jan 2024||Taurus||Visible from 18:17 until 00:48|
Highest at 19:46, 58° above S horizon
|26 Jan 2024||Taurus||Visible from 18:17 until 00:46|
Highest at 19:43, 58° above S horizon
|28 Jan 2024||Taurus||Visible from 18:22 until 00:44|
Highest at 19:42, 58° above S horizon
On 9 January it will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 17:56 (PDT), 46° above your south-eastern horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 20:12, 56° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 01:04, when it sinks below 22° above your western horizon.
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.
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 on 9 January 2024 will be:
The coordinates are given in J2000.0.
|The sky on 09 January 2024|
28 days old
All times shown in PST.
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.
© Andy Roberts 1997. Pictured comet is C/1995 O1 Hale-Bopp.