The comet 81P/Wild

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From Newark (click to change), 81P/Wild is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 00:22 (EDT) – 5 hours and 9 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 29° above the southern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 04:11.

Name 81P/Wild
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Constellation:Capricornus
Brightness (V):Mag 17.3
Right Ascension:20h33m
Declination:-16°54'
Source for position: Computed using orbital elements from Minor Planet Centre
Orbital Elements
Semi-major axis:3.45 AU
Eccentricity:0.538231
Inclination:3.24°
Longitude ascending node:136.12°
Argument of perihelion:41.69°
Epoch of elements:07 May 2017
Mean Anomaly at epoch:44.75°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:1.59 AU
Aphelion:5.30 AU
Orbital period:6.40 years
Additional sources
Magnitudes estimates are derived from observations sent into the BAA Comet Section, as compiled by Jonathan Shanklin and last updated on 3 August 2016. 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.

Newark

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40.74°N
74.17°W
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