The comet 59P/Kearns-Kwee

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From Ashburn (click to change), 59P/Kearns-Kwee is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 23:34, when it rises 21° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 05:05, 76° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 05:42, 74° above your south-western horizon.

Name 59P/Kearns-Kwee
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Magnitude:14.91 (V)[1]
Right Ascension:08h29m [1]
Declination:+25°41' [1]
Orbital Elements[1]
Semi-major axis:4.49 AU
Longitude ascending node:312.83°
Argument of perihelion:127.70°
Epoch of elements:11 November 2018
Mean Anomaly at epoch:5.82°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:2.36 AU
Aphelion:6.63 AU
Orbital period:9.53 years
Additional sources

Magnitudes estimates are derived from observations sent into the BAA Comet Section, as compiled by Jonathan Shanklin and last updated on 31 December 2099. 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.




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