The comet C/2015 ER61 (PANSTARRS)

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From Ashburn (click to change), C/2015 ER61 (PANSTARRS) is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 21:48, when it rises 24° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 02:48, 71° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 06:18, 42° above your western horizon.

Name C/2015 ER61 (PANSTARRS)
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Constellation:Taurus
Brightness (V):Mag 11.8
Right Ascension:03h34m
Declination:+20°56'
Source for position: Computed using orbital elements from Minor Planet Centre
Orbital Elements
Semi-major axis:392.82 AU
Eccentricity:0.997347
Inclination:6.35°
Longitude ascending node:235.22°
Argument of perihelion:68.20°
Epoch of elements:03 September 2017
Mean Anomaly at epoch:0.01°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:1.04 AU
Aphelion:784.59 AU
Orbital period:7785.45 years
Additional sources
Magnitudes estimates are derived from observations sent into the BAA Comet Section, as compiled by Jonathan Shanklin and last updated on 30 August 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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39.04°N
77.49°W
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