The comet 2P/Encke

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From Ashburn , 2P/Encke is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 01:30 (EDT) – 4 hours and 15 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 32° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 04:23.

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Name 2P/Encke
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Right Ascension:00h21m [1]
Declination:+06°08' [1]
Distance:3.80 AU
31.57 lightmin [1]
Orbital Elements[1]
Semi-major axis:2.21 AU
Longitude ascending node:334.56°
Argument of perihelion:186.57°
Epoch of elements:13 May 2019
Mean Anomaly at epoch:237.74°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:0.34 AU
Aphelion:4.09 AU
Orbital period:3.30 years
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The MPC's magnitude estimates are updated rather rarely, and so we prefer to estimate the brightness of comets on the basis of amateur observations. No amateur observations of are available, however, and consequently the magnitude estimates shown here may be unreliable.




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