The comet 240P/NEAT

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From Ashburn (click to change), 240P/NEAT will become visible at around 18:52 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 27° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 36 minutes after the Sun at 21:23.

Name 240P/NEAT
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Brightness (V):Mag 13.0
Right Ascension:01h25m
Source for position: Computed using orbital elements from Minor Planet Centre
Orbital Elements
Semi-major axis:3.87 AU
Longitude ascending node:74.93°
Argument of perihelion:352.10°
Epoch of elements:11 February 2018
Mean Anomaly at epoch:347.99°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:2.13 AU
Aphelion:5.61 AU
Orbital period:7.62 years
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The path traced across the sky by 240P/NEAT
Additional sources

Magnitudes estimates are derived from observations sent into the BAA Comet Section, as compiled by Jonathan Shanklin and last updated on 1 February 2018. 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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