The comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann

From Newark (click to change), 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:11 (EST) – 4 hours and 5 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 25° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:05.

Name 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Constellation:Scorpius
Brightness (V):Mag 13.0
Right Ascension:16h14m
Declination:-14°44'
Source for position: Computed using orbital elements from Minor Planet Centre
Orbital Elements
Semi-major axis:3.09 AU
Eccentricity:0.685541
Inclination:11.24°
Longitude ascending node:69.66°
Argument of perihelion:199.39°
Epoch of elements:16 January 2017
Mean Anomaly at epoch:349.33°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:0.97 AU
Aphelion:5.21 AU
Orbital period:5.44 years
Additional sources
Magnitudes estimates are derived from observations sent into the BAA Comet Section, as compiled by Jonathan Shanklin and last updated on 2 January 2007. 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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