The comet 81P/Wild

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From Ashburn (click to change), 81P/Wild will become visible at around 19:21 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 29° above your southern horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 5 hours and 18 minutes after the Sun at 23:34.

Name 81P/Wild
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Constellation:Sagittarius
Brightness (V):Mag 20.6
Right Ascension:19h43m
Declination:-20°54'
Source for position: Computed using orbital elements from Minor Planet Centre
Orbital Elements
Semi-major axis:3.45 AU
Eccentricity:0.538177
Inclination:3.24°
Longitude ascending node:136.12°
Argument of perihelion:41.69°
Epoch of elements:03 September 2017
Mean Anomaly at epoch:63.23°
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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