The comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh

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From Ashburn (click to change), 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 23:57 (EST) – 7 hours and 20 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 59° above the southern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:07.

Name 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Brightness (V):Mag 13.1
Right Ascension:11h45m
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:87.11°
Epoch of elements:23 November 2017
Mean Anomaly at epoch:352.49°
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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