The comet 96P/Machholz
From Ashburn (click to change), 96P/Machholz is visible between 00:24 and 02:36. It will become accessible at around 00:24, when it rises 24° above your southern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:30, 26° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 02:36 when it sinks to 25° above your southern horizon.
Object Type Comet
|Right Ascension:||18h26m |
|Semi-major axis:||3.03 AU|
|Longitude ascending node:||94.25°|
|Argument of perihelion:||14.79°|
|Epoch of elements:||14 June 2018|
|Mean Anomaly at epoch:||42.89°|
|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.