The comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS)

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From Ashburn (click to change), C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 00:18 (EST) – 6 hours and 30 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 53° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 05:41.

Name C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS)
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Constellation:Ursa Major
Magnitude:14.19 (V)[1]
Right Ascension:12h01m [1]
Declination:+34°54' [1]
Orbital Elements[1]
Semi-major axis:46045.90 AU
Longitude ascending node:299.86°
Argument of perihelion:89.60°
Epoch of elements:11 November 2018
Mean Anomaly at epoch:0.00°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:3.73 AU
Aphelion:92088.07 AU
Orbital period:9880671.23 years
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Magnitudes estimates are derived from observations sent into the BAA Comet Section, as compiled by Jonathan Shanklin and last updated on 1 August 2018. 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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