The comet 81P/Wild

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From Ashburn (click to change), 81P/Wild is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 14° from it.

Name 81P/Wild
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Constellation:Capricornus
Brightness (V):Mag 22.2
Right Ascension:21h07m
Declination:-16°36'
Source for position: Computed using orbital elements from Minor Planet Centre
Orbital Elements
Semi-major axis:3.45 AU
Eccentricity:0.538108
Inclination:3.24°
Longitude ascending node:136.12°
Argument of perihelion:41.70°
Epoch of elements:17 January 2018
Mean Anomaly at epoch:84.16°
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.

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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