The comet 246P/NEAT

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From Fairfield , 246P/NEAT is visible all night. It will become visible around 20:24 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 24° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:17, 65° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 05:31, 30° above your western horizon.

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Name 246P/NEAT
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Constellation:Coma Berenices
Magnitude:13.15 (V) [2]
Absolute mag (H):0.10 [2]
Slope parameter (n):8.56 [2]
Right ascension:12h59m [1]
Declination:+17°02' [1]
Distance:2.38 AU
19.76 lightmin [1]
Orbital Elements [1]
Semi-major axis:4.02 AU
Longitude ascending node:78.75°
Argument of perihelion:176.24°
Epoch of elements:31 March 2020
Mean Anomaly at epoch:319.76°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:2.86 AU
Aphelion:5.17 AU
Orbital period:8.05 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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