The comet 144P/Kushida

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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.

Name 144P/Kushida
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Brightness (V):Mag 21.0
Right Ascension:16h48m
Source for position: Computed using orbital elements from Minor Planet Centre
Orbital Elements
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°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:1.43 AU
Aphelion:6.29 AU
Orbital period:7.58 years
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The path traced across the sky by 144P/Kushida
Additional sources

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.




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