He wrote: “Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova was located in the constellation of Aquila seen in the early morning twilight hour from North India.A bit difficult to capture due to twilight and the comet was dimmed to the 7th magnitude, but I managed to get this shot. Image via Bob King/ Skyandtelescope.com/ Chris Marriott’s Sky Map.
The comet is in the sky before dawn, about 82 degrees west of the sun at maximum brightness. It’ll soon recede back into the deeper space of our solar system, but it’ll always return, as least for the foreseeable future. At its 2011 return near the sun, Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková made a slightly closer pass to Earth. Maybe those 2011 observations are helping to prompt media attention this year, which is why so many people are asking.
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The comet is still around, but an extremely dark sky and optical aid (at least binoculars, probably a telescope) are needed to see it.
On the other hand, we are beginning to see a few photographs of Comet 45P, and we’re hoping we’ll see more in the days ahead.