The comet 81P/Wild

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From Ashburn (click to change), 81P/Wild is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 00:32 (EDT) – 5 hours and 10 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 36° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 04:21.

Name 81P/Wild
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Magnitude:23.03 (V)[1]
Right Ascension:22h53m [1]
Declination:-07°56' [1]
Orbital Elements[1]
Semi-major axis:3.45 AU
Longitude ascending node:136.12°
Argument of perihelion:41.71°
Epoch of elements:14 June 2018
Mean Anomaly at epoch:106.94°
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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