The comet 96P/Machholz

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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.

Name 96P/Machholz
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Brightness (V):Mag 18.0
Right Ascension:19h19m
Source for position: Computed using orbital elements from Minor Planet Centre
Orbital Elements
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°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:0.12 AU
Aphelion:5.95 AU
Orbital period:5.29 years
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The path traced across the sky by 96P/Machholz
Additional sources

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.




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