The comet 96P/Machholz
From Ashburn (click to change), 96P/Machholz is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 15° above the horizon at dawn.
Object Type Comet
|Brightness (V):||Mag 18.0|
|Semi-major axis:||3.04 AU|
|Longitude ascending node:||94.25°|
|Argument of perihelion:||14.79°|
|Epoch of elements:||11 February 2018|
|Mean Anomaly at epoch:||19.95°|
|Orbital period:||5.29 years|
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Magnitudes estimates are derived from observations sent into the BAA Comet Section, as compiled by Jonathan Shanklin and last updated on 1 December 2007. 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.