The comet 2P/Encke

From Newark (click to change), 2P/Encke is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is 5° below the horizon at dawn.

Name 2P/Encke
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Constellation:Aquarius
Brightness (V):Mag 8.3
Right Ascension:22h35m
Declination:-17°12'
Source for position: Computed using orbital elements from Minor Planet Centre
Orbital Elements
Semi-major axis:2.21 AU
Eccentricity:0.848338
Inclination:11.78°
Longitude ascending node:334.56°
Argument of perihelion:186.56°
Epoch of elements:14 March 2017
Mean Anomaly at epoch:1.17°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:0.34 AU
Aphelion:4.09 AU
Orbital period:3.30 years
Additional sources
Magnitudes estimates are derived from observations sent into the BAA Comet Section, as compiled by Jonathan Shanklin and last updated on 1 March 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.

Newark

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40.74°N
74.17°W
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