© Andy Roberts 1997. Pictured comet is C/1995 O1 Hale-Bopp.

66P/du Toit reaches its brightest

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Comet 66P/du Toit is forecast to reach its brightest, at around mag 12.9. It will lie at a distance of 1.30 AU from the Sun, and at a distance of 0.90 AU from the Earth.

From Ashburn however, it will not be readily observable since it will lie so far south that it will never rise more than 15° above the horizon.

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For more information about its path across the sky, see In-The-Sky.org's ephemeris page for comet 66P/du Toit.

This event was automatically generated on the basis of orbital elements published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC), and is updated daily (last update, 21 Feb 2019).

Note that the future positions of comets are typically known with a high degree of confidence, but their brightnesses are often much more unpredictable, since it is impossible to predict with certainty how they will respond as they move closer to the Sun. Magnitude estimates should be assumed to be highly provisional more than a few weeks in advance.

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The exact position of comet 66P/du Toit will be:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude
Comet 66P/du Toit 22h59m50s -35°18' 12.9

The coordinates are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 17 May 2018
Sunrise
05:54
Sunset
20:16
Twilight ends
22:05
Twilight begins
04:05

2-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

8%

2 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:07 11:48 18:28
Venus 07:45 15:17 22:49
Moon 08:07 15:20 22:32
Mars 00:54 05:41 10:27
Jupiter 19:15 00:30 05:40
Saturn 23:15 04:05 08:51
All times shown in EDT.

Source

The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.

Image credit

© Andy Roberts 1997. Pictured comet is C/1995 O1 Hale-Bopp.

Ashburn

Latitude:
Longitude:
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39.04°N
77.49°W
EST

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