The comet 2P/Encke

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From Ashburn (click to change), 2P/Encke is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 23° above the horizon at dusk.

Name 2P/Encke
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Brightness (V):Mag 20.5
Right Ascension:20h54m
Source for position: Computed using orbital elements from Minor Planet Centre
Orbital Elements
Semi-major axis:2.21 AU
Longitude ascending node:334.56°
Argument of perihelion:186.56°
Epoch of elements:23 November 2017
Mean Anomaly at epoch:77.14°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:0.34 AU
Aphelion:4.09 AU
Orbital period:3.30 years
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The path traced across the sky by 2P/Encke
Additional sources

Magnitudes estimates are derived from observations sent into the BAA Comet Section, as compiled by Jonathan Shanklin and last updated on 4 April 2017. We use these amateur observations in preference to the MPC's magnitude estimates, since they are updated much more often. Nonetheless, all comets are intrinsically unpredictable objects, and future magnitude estimates must always be taken with a pinch of salt.




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