The comet C/2011 KP36 (Spacewatch)
From Ashburn (click to change), C/2011 KP36 (Spacewatch) will become visible at around 18:51 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 47° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 5 hours and 50 minutes after the Sun at 23:36.
Name C/2011 KP36 (Spacewatch)
Object Type Comet
|Brightness (V):||Mag 16.0|
|Semi-major axis:||38.45 AU|
|Longitude ascending node:||173.39°|
|Argument of perihelion:||180.56°|
|Epoch of elements:||11 February 2018|
|Mean Anomaly at epoch:||2.59°|
|Orbital period:||238.46 years|
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.