The comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh
From Ashburn (click to change), 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh will become visible at around 21:37 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 58° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 6 hours and 45 minutes after the Sun at 03:04.
Object Type Comet
|Right Ascension:||11h23m |
|Semi-major axis:||4.16 AU|
|Longitude ascending node:||77.05°|
|Argument of perihelion:||87.17°|
|Epoch of elements:||05 May 2018|
|Mean Anomaly at epoch:||11.40°|
|Orbital period:||8.48 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 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.