The comet 103P/Hartley

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From Ashburn (click to change), 103P/Hartley is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 01:16 (EST) – 6 hours and 1 minute before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 38° above the southern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:07.

Name 103P/Hartley
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Constellation:Crater
Brightness (V):Mag 19.1
Right Ascension:11h53m
Declination:-11°29'
Source for position: Computed using orbital elements from Minor Planet Centre
Orbital Elements
Semi-major axis:3.48 AU
Eccentricity:0.693415
Inclination:13.59°
Longitude ascending node:219.72°
Argument of perihelion:181.31°
Epoch of elements:23 November 2017
Mean Anomaly at epoch:32.91°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:1.07 AU
Aphelion:5.89 AU
Orbital period:6.48 years
Additional sources

The MPC's magnitude estimates are updated rather rarely, and so we prefer to estimate the brightness of comets on the basis of amateur observations. No amateur observations of are available, however, and consequently the magnitude estimates shown here may be unreliable.

Ashburn

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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