The comet 2P/Encke

From Newark (click to change), 2P/Encke will become visible at around 18:07 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 37° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 4 hours and 36 minutes after the Sun at 21:33.

Name 2P/Encke
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Constellation:Pisces
Brightness (V):Mag 10.1
Right Ascension:23h24m
Declination:+05°30'
Source for position: Computed using orbital elements from Minor Planet Centre
Orbital Elements
Semi-major axis:2.21 AU
Eccentricity:0.848335
Inclination:11.78°
Longitude ascending node:334.56°
Argument of perihelion:186.56°
Epoch of elements:16 January 2017
Mean Anomaly at epoch:344.42°
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 January 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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