The comet 46P/Wirtanen
From Ashburn (click to change), 46P/Wirtanen is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 00:52 (EDT) – 5 hours and 2 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 32° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 04:36.
Object Type Comet
|Right Ascension:||00h34m |
|Semi-major axis:||3.09 AU|
|Longitude ascending node:||82.17°|
|Argument of perihelion:||356.33°|
|Epoch of elements:||06 July 2018|
|Mean Anomaly at epoch:||331.16°|
|Orbital period:||5.43 years|
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Magnitudes estimates are derived from observations sent into the BAA Comet Section, as compiled by Jonathan Shanklin and last updated on 21 April 2008. 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.