The comet 81P/Wild

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From Ashburn (click to change), 81P/Wild is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 20:57 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 26° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 22:29, 30° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 00:23, when it sinks to 25° above your south-western horizon.

Name 81P/Wild
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Constellation:Sagittarius
Brightness (V):Mag 19.0
Right Ascension:19h33m
Declination:-20°39'
Source for position: Computed using orbital elements from Minor Planet Centre
Orbital Elements
Semi-major axis:3.45 AU
Eccentricity:0.538192
Inclination:3.24°
Longitude ascending node:136.12°
Argument of perihelion:41.69°
Epoch of elements:26 July 2017
Mean Anomaly at epoch:57.07°
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.

Ashburn

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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