The comet 168P/Hergenrother

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From Ashburn , 168P/Hergenrother will become visible around 20:41 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 71° above your western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 04:22.

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Name 168P/Hergenrother
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Magnitude:15.38 (V) [2]
Absolute mag (H):10.30 [2]
Slope parameter (n):2.68 [2]
Right ascension:06h46m [1]
Declination:+41°45' [1]
Distance:2.63 AU
21.88 lightmin [1]
Orbital Elements [1]
Semi-major axis:3.58 AU
Longitude ascending node:355.47°
Argument of perihelion:14.99°
Epoch of elements:02 April 2020
Mean Anomaly at epoch:35.02°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:1.36 AU
Aphelion:5.81 AU
Orbital period:6.78 years
Additional sources

Where possible, the brightnesses of comets are estimated from absolute magnitude values computed by the BAA Comet Section, based on the observations they receive. We prefer these to the Minor Planet Center's own magnitude estimates, since the latter are less often updated. Nonetheless, comets are intrinsically unpredictable objects, and magnitude estimates must always be taken with a pinch of salt.




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