The comet 81P/Wild
From Ashburn (click to change), 81P/Wild is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 10° above the horizon at dawn.
Object Type Comet
|Brightness (V mag):||22.93|
|Semi-major axis:||3.45 AU|
|Longitude ascending node:||136.12°|
|Argument of perihelion:||41.71°|
|Epoch of elements:||19 April 2018|
|Mean Anomaly at epoch:||98.17°|
|Orbital period:||6.40 years|
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.