The comet 68P/Klemola

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From Cambridge , 68P/Klemola will become visible around 19:01 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 30° above your southern horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 22:56.

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Name 68P/Klemola
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Magnitude:12.32 (V) [1]
Absolute mag (H):5.90 [2]
Slope parameter (n):8.00 [2]
Right ascension:19h03m [1]
Declination:-15°28' [1]
Distance:1.71 AU
14.20 lightmin [1]
Orbital Elements [1]
Semi-major axis:4.95 AU
Longitude ascending node:175.10°
Argument of perihelion:153.04°
Epoch of elements:14 May 2019
Mean Anomaly at epoch:343.99°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:1.79 AU
Aphelion:8.11 AU
Orbital period:11.02 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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