The comet 88P/Howell

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From Fairfield , 88P/Howell is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 23:37, when it rises to an altitude of 21° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 03:17, 43° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 05:28, 34° above your south-western horizon.

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Name 88P/Howell
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Magnitude:13.71 (V) [2]
Absolute mag (H):5.40 [2]
Slope parameter (n):7.32 [2]
Right ascension:13h45m [1]
Declination:-05°49' [1]
Distance:1.69 AU
14.07 lightmin [1]
Orbital Elements [1]
Semi-major axis:3.11 AU
Longitude ascending node:56.69°
Argument of perihelion:235.92°
Epoch of elements:26 February 2020
Mean Anomaly at epoch:321.52°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:1.35 AU
Aphelion:4.86 AU
Orbital period:5.47 years
16 Sep 2020  –  88P/Howell reaches its brightest
26 Sep 2020  –  88P/Howell at perihelion
Additional sources

Where possible, the brightnesses of comets are estimated from absolute magnitude values computed by the BAA Comet Section, based on the observations they receive. We prefer these to the Minor Planet Center's own magnitude estimates, since the latter are less often updated. Nonetheless, comets are intrinsically unpredictable objects, and magnitude estimates must always be taken with a pinch of salt.




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