The comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle

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From Fairfield , 55P/Tempel-Tuttle will become visible around 21:44 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 28° above your southern horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 5 hours and 16 minutes after the Sun at 01:38.

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Name 55P/Tempel-Tuttle
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Magnitude:48.72 (V)[1]
Right Ascension:15h26m [1]
Declination:-19°10' [1]
Distance:18.11 AU
150.60 lightmin [1]
Derived Quantities
Absolute Mag (V):74.00
Orbital Elements[1]
Semi-major axis:10.34 AU
Longitude ascending node:235.41°
Argument of perihelion:172.58°
Epoch of elements:14 May 2019
Mean Anomaly at epoch:229.94°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:0.96 AU
Aphelion:19.72 AU
Orbital period:33.26 years
Additional sources

The Minor Planet Center'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 55P/Tempel-Tuttle are available, however, and consequently the magnitude estimates shown here may be unreliable.




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