The comet 144P/Kushida

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From Newark (click to change), 144P/Kushida is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 21:29 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 39° above your southern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 21:46, 39° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 00:49, when it sinks to 25° above your south-western horizon.

Name 144P/Kushida
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Brightness (V):Mag 16.0
Right Ascension:12h57m
Source for position: Computed using orbital elements from Minor Planet Centre
Orbital Elements
Semi-major axis:3.86 AU
Longitude ascending node:245.46°
Argument of perihelion:216.19°
Epoch of elements:07 May 2017
Mean Anomaly at epoch:32.34°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:1.43 AU
Aphelion:6.29 AU
Orbital period:7.58 years
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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