The comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann

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From Ashburn (click to change), 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 17° above the horizon at dawn.

Name 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Constellation:Cetus
Brightness (V):Mag 14.8
Right Ascension:02h19m
Declination:+04°02'
Source for position: Computed using orbital elements from Minor Planet Centre
Orbital Elements
Semi-major axis:3.09 AU
Eccentricity:0.685537
Inclination:11.24°
Longitude ascending node:69.66°
Argument of perihelion:199.39°
Epoch of elements:15 June 2017
Mean Anomaly at epoch:16.53°
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 4 April 2017. 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.

Ashburn

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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