The comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh

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From Ashburn (click to change), 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 21:30, when it rises 24° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:59, 61° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 05:48, 32° above your western horizon.

Name 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Brightness (V):Mag 12.5
Right Ascension:11h54m
Source for position: Computed using orbital elements from Minor Planet Centre
Orbital Elements
Semi-major axis:4.16 AU
Longitude ascending node:77.06°
Argument of perihelion:87.14°
Epoch of elements:11 February 2018
Mean Anomaly at epoch:1.89°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:3.54 AU
Aphelion:4.78 AU
Orbital period:8.48 years
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The path traced across the sky by 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh
Additional sources

Magnitudes estimates are derived from observations sent into the BAA Comet Section, as compiled by Jonathan Shanklin and last updated on 29 February 2012. 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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