The comet 144P/Kushida
From Ashburn (click to change), 144P/Kushida is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 02:17 (EST) – 4 hours and 38 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 25° above the southern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 05:50.
Object Type Comet
|Brightness (V):||Mag 21.0|
|Semi-major axis:||3.86 AU|
|Longitude ascending node:||245.39°|
|Argument of perihelion:||216.11°|
|Epoch of elements:||11 February 2018|
|Mean Anomaly at epoch:||68.88°|
|Orbital period:||7.58 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 January 2017. 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.