The comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh
From Ashburn (click to change), 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 20° from it.
Object Type Comet
|Right Ascension:||13h04m |
|Semi-major axis:||4.16 AU|
|Longitude ascending node:||77.05°|
|Argument of perihelion:||87.28°|
|Epoch of elements:||19 September 2018|
|Mean Anomaly at epoch:||27.23°|
|Orbital period:||8.49 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.