The comet 168P/Hergenrother

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From Ashburn , 168P/Hergenrother is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 18:58 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 74° above your north-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 20:02, 79° above your northern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 02:54, when it sinks below 21° above your north-western horizon.

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Name 168P/Hergenrother
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Magnitude:14.33 (V) [2]
Absolute mag (H):10.30 [2]
Slope parameter (n):2.68 [2]
Right ascension:06h01m [1]
Declination:+49°26' [1]
Distance:1.88 AU
15.63 lightmin [1]
Orbital Elements [1]
Semi-major axis:3.58 AU
Longitude ascending node:355.47°
Argument of perihelion:14.99°
Epoch of elements:21 February 2020
Mean Anomaly at epoch:29.06°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:1.36 AU
Aphelion:5.80 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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