The comet C/2011 KP36 (Spacewatch)

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From Ashburn (click to change), C/2011 KP36 (Spacewatch) is visible between 18:15 and 01:45. It will become accessible at around 18:15, when it rises 24° above your south-eastern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 21:58, 49° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 01:45 when it sinks to 25° above your south-western horizon.

Name C/2011 KP36 (Spacewatch)
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Brightness (V):Mag 15.2
Right Ascension:03h16m
Source for position: Computed using orbital elements from Minor Planet Centre
Orbital Elements
Semi-major axis:38.44 AU
Longitude ascending node:173.39°
Argument of perihelion:180.56°
Epoch of elements:23 November 2017
Mean Anomaly at epoch:2.26°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:4.88 AU
Aphelion:72.00 AU
Orbital period:238.35 years
Additional sources

Magnitudes estimates are derived from observations sent into the BAA Comet Section, as compiled by Jonathan Shanklin and last updated on 2 February 2017. 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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