The comet 12P/Pons-Brooks

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From Fairfield , 12P/Pons-Brooks is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 21:48 (EDT) – 8 hours and 13 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 65° above the southern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 04:49.

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Name 12P/Pons-Brooks
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Right Ascension:18h10m [1]
Declination:+16°12' [1]
Distance:13.59 AU
113.01 lightmin [1]
Orbital Elements[1]
Semi-major axis:17.03 AU
Longitude ascending node:255.69°
Argument of perihelion:199.10°
Epoch of elements:23 April 2019
Mean Anomaly at epoch:334.40°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:0.78 AU
Aphelion:33.28 AU
Orbital period:70.26 years
Additional sources

The MPC's magnitude estimates are updated rather rarely, and so we prefer to estimate the brightness of comets on the basis of amateur observations. No amateur observations of are available, however, and consequently the magnitude estimates shown here may be unreliable.




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