The comet C/2016 N4 (MASTER)

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From Ashburn (click to change), C/2016 N4 (MASTER) will become visible at around 21:48 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 38° above your north-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, becoming tricky to observe after 23:49 when it dips 25° above your north-western horizon.

Name C/2016 N4 (MASTER)
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Constellation:Ursa Major
Magnitude:15.99 (V)[1]
Right Ascension:10h57m [1]
Declination:+61°47' [1]
Orbital Elements[1]
Semi-major axis:3173.69 AU
Longitude ascending node:354.03°
Argument of perihelion:55.95°
Epoch of elements:17 July 2018
Mean Anomaly at epoch:0.00°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:3.20 AU
Aphelion:6344.18 AU
Orbital period:178791.45 years
Additional sources

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