The comet C/2011 KP36 (Spacewatch)

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From Ashburn (click to change), C/2011 KP36 (Spacewatch) is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 23:57, when it rises 21° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 04:15, 53° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 06:20, 43° above your south-western horizon.

Name C/2011 KP36 (Spacewatch)
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Magnitude:17.51 (V)[1]
Right Ascension:05h12m [1]
Declination:+02°26' [1]
Orbital Elements[1]
Semi-major axis:38.51 AU
Longitude ascending node:173.38°
Argument of perihelion:180.56°
Epoch of elements:06 October 2018
Mean Anomaly at epoch:3.56°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:4.88 AU
Aphelion:72.14 AU
Orbital period:238.97 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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