The comet 66P/du Toit
From Ashburn , 66P/du Toit is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 17:57 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 37° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 20:06, 47° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 23:58, when it sinks to 22° above your south-western horizon.
Name 66P/du Toit
Object Type Comet
|Right Ascension:||23h52m |
|Semi-major axis:||6.05 AU|
|Longitude ascending node:||21.90°|
|Argument of perihelion:||257.22°|
|Epoch of elements:||19 November 2018|
|Mean Anomaly at epoch:||12.16°|
|Orbital period:||14.90 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 1 September 2018. 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.