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Comet 144P/Kushida makes its closest approach to the Earth (2.513 AU) in the constellation Aquarius on the 20th September 2015.

Ephemeris

Date    TT    R. A. (2000) Decl.     Delta      r    Elong.  Phase   Mag
2015 09 19    22 16 15.5 -04 40 36   2.5134  3.4655   158.0     6.2  21.3
2015 09 20    22 15 30.8 -04 45 34   2.5132  3.4595   156.9     6.5  21.3
2015 09 21    22 14 46.7 -04 50 29   2.5132  3.4534   155.7     6.9  21.3
2015 09 22    22 14 03.3 -04 55 24   2.5136  3.4474   154.6     7.2  21.3
2015 09 23    22 13 20.5 -05 00 16   2.5141  3.4413   153.4     7.5  21.2
2015 09 24    22 12 38.5 -05 05 06   2.5150  3.4352   152.3     7.8  21.2
2015 09 25    22 11 57.2 -05 09 54   2.5161  3.4291   151.2     8.1  21.2
2015 09 26    22 11 16.7 -05 14 40   2.5175  3.4230   150.0     8.4  21.2
2015 09 27    22 10 36.9 -05 19 22   2.5191  3.4169   148.9     8.7  21.2
2015 09 28    22 09 58.1 -05 24 02   2.5210  3.4108   147.7     9.0  21.2
2015 09 29    22 09 20.1 -05 28 38   2.5231  3.4046   146.6     9.3  21.2
2015 09 30    22 08 43.0 -05 33 11   2.5255  3.3985   145.5     9.6  21.1


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Comet 144P/Kushida is at Opposition (4.325 AU) on the 1st August 2014 

Ephemeris

Date    TT    R. A. (2000) Decl.     Delta      r     Elong.  Phase   Mag
2014 08 01    20 36 36.0 -13 55 35   4.3253  5.3377   175.5     0.9
2014 08 02    20 35 57.7 -13 57 51   4.3226  5.3346   175.2     0.9
2014 08 03    20 35 19.4 -14 00 08   4.3202  5.3314   174.7     1.0
2014 08 04    20 34 41.1 -14 02 26   4.3181  5.3282   174.0     1.1
2014 08 05    20 34 02.8 -14 04 44   4.3163  5.3250   173.2     1.3
2014 08 06    20 33 24.6 -14 07 02   4.3148  5.3219   172.4     1.4
2014 08 07    20 32 46.5 -14 09 21   4.3136  5.3187   171.5     1.6
2014 08 08    20 32 08.5 -14 11 41   4.3128  5.3155   170.5     1.8
2014 08 09    20 31 30.6 -14 14 00   4.3122  5.3123   169.5     2.0
2014 08 10    20 30 52.8 -14 16 20   4.3119  5.3090   168.5     2.2
2014 08 11    20 30 15.3 -14 18 39   4.3120  5.3058   167.4     2.4
2014 08 12    20 29 37.9 -14 20 59   4.3123  5.3026   166.4     2.6
2014 08 13    20 29 00.7 -14 23 18   4.3130  5.2994   165.3     2.8
2014 08 14    20 28 23.8 -14 25 37   4.3139  5.2961   164.3     3.0
2014 08 15    20 27 47.1 -14 27 56   4.3151  5.2929   163.2     3.2
2014 08 16    20 27 10.7 -14 30 15   4.3167  5.2897   162.1     3.4
2014 08 17    20 26 34.6 -14 32 33   4.3185  5.2864   161.1     3.6
2014 08 18    20 25 58.9 -14 34 51   4.3206  5.2832   160.0     3.8
2014 08 19    20 25 23.4 -14 37 08   4.3230  5.2799   158.9     4.0
2014 08 20    20 24 48.4 -14 39 25   4.3257  5.2766   157.8     4.2


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Comet 144P/Kushida
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Skygazers or Amateur Astronomers will be spellbound by witnessing a comet in the night sky of January.
The name of this silky comet is Comet Kushida. Comet is an icy body, orbiting in the solar system, which partially vaporises when it nears the Sun, developing a diffuse envelope of dust and gas and, normally, one or more tails.
Comets are large enough to be detected in the outer Solar System, which may have proved to have thick, insulating crusts that they never develop. The smaller comets may be as insubstantial as a snowball and melt away to fragments as they come closer to the Sun.
Professional observatories rarely have time to devout to scan skies in search of new celestial objects, so amateur astronomers using simple equipment often discover comets. We have to note that; winter season is best for observing a comet.
In January, fix your stares on the sky to watch the sporadic comet '144P/Kushida'. Throughout January and February, it will be clearly visible in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Ed ~ The comet has brightened faster than predicted, reaching magnitude 9 at the end of December.

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The magnitude 10.7 comet 144P Kushida is moving through the constellation Taurus.

Distance from Earth    0.641 AU

Orbital Elements

144P/Kushida
Epoch 2009 Jan. 9.0 TT = JDT 2454840.5
T 2009 Jan. 26.8601 TT MPC
q 1.439021 (2000.0) P Q
n 0.1296555 Peri. 216.0966 -0.2006767 -0.9774830
a 3.866122 Node 245.5605 +0.9147761 -0.1631391
e 0.627787 Incl. 4.1092 +0.3505902 -0.1338379
P 7.60
From 770 observations 1994-2008, mean residual 0".6. Nongravitational
parameters A1 = +0.89, A2 = -0.0477.

Ephemeris
Date    TT    R. A. (2000) Decl.     Delta      r     Elong.  Phase  mag   mag2
2009 01 09 03 39.01 +15 39.6 0.629 1.453 127.3 32.5 10.7 18.2
2009 01 14 03 46.88 +15 40.0 0.644 1.446 124.1 34.3 10.8 18.3
2009 01 19 03 55.86 +15 45.2 0.662 1.442 121.1 35.7 10.8 18.4
2009 01 24 04 05.85 +15 54.3 0.681 1.439 118.4 37.0 10.8 18.5
2009 01 29 04 16.79 +16 06.3 0.703 1.439 116.0 38.0 10.9 18.6
2009 02 03 04 28.56 +16 20.1 0.727 1.441 113.7 38.8 11.0 18.6
2009 02 08 04 41.05 +16 34.7 0.753 1.446 111.7 39.3 11.1 18.7
2009 02 13 04 54.15 +16 49.1 0.782 1.452 109.8 39.8 11.2 18.9
2009 02 18 05 07.74 +17 02.5 0.813 1.461 108.0 40.0 11.3 19.0
2009 02 23 05 21.74 +17 13.9 0.846 1.471 106.4 40.2 11.5 19.1
2009 02 28 05 36.04 +17 22.9 0.881 1.484 104.8 40.2 11.7 19.2



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