The first post-perihelion observations were made by Australian amateurs on February 7th, but the comet's position — low in the evening sky at twilight — made it a difficult target. Argentinian amateur Mariano Ribas reported that he observed the comet on the 12th, at 10:30 p.m. local time, from Buenos Aires. "It was hard to see, even in my Orion ST-90 refractor. I couldn't see any of the tail, and the coma is concentrated." Based on other recent observations, the comet may be fainter than the magnitude predicted in the ephemeris below.
Southern Hemisphere observers can use our interactive
to track Comet Kudo-Fujikawa during the next few weeks. The chart's sky is set for 35° south and 150° east at 10:00 p.m. local time; use the "change" buttons to alter the settings for location, date, and time.
The following ephemeris gives the comet's right ascension and declination (equinox 2000.0) at 0 hours UT on each date, its elongation angle from the Sun, predicted magnitude (based on pre-perihelion measurements), and the constellation through which it's passing.
|Feb. 9||22 11.8||-38 39||25.6||4.8||Gru|
|Feb. 11||22 35.4||-40 32||29.3||5.2||Gru|
|Feb. 13||23 01.0||-41 58||32.9||5.6||Gru|
|Feb. 15||23 28.4||-42 55||36.5||6.0||Phe|
|Feb. 17||23 56.9||-43 20||40.0||6.3||Phe|
|Feb. 19||0 25.8||-43 13||43.5||6.6||Phe|
|Feb. 21||0 54.3||-42 35||46.9||6.9||Phe|
|Feb. 23||  1 21.7||-41 30||50.1||7.2||Phe|
|Feb. 25||1 47.4||-40 00||53.2||7.5||Phe|
|Feb. 27||2 11.1||-38 13||56.1||7.7||For|