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

260P/McNaught at perihelion

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Comet 260P/McNaught will make its closest approach to the Sun, at a distance of 1.42 AU.

From Ashburn, it will be visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 22:50, when it rises to an altitude of 21° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 04:25, 77° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 05:40, 70° above your south-western horizon.

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For more information about its path across the sky, see In-The-Sky.org's ephemeris page for comet 260P/McNaught.

This event was automatically generated on the basis of orbital elements published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC) , and is updated whenever new elements become available. It was last updated on 09 Aug 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.

Finding 260P/McNaught

The chart below indicates the path of 260P/McNaught across the sky over the course of its apparition.

It was produced using StarCharter and is available for download, either on dark background, in PNG, PDF or SVG formats, or on a light background, in PNG, PDF or SVG formats.

The position of comet 260P/McNaught at perihelion will be:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude
Comet 260P/McNaught 02h31m30s +26°59' Aries 11.3

The coordinates are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 10 September 2019
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

11-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous


11 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:14 13:29 19:45
Venus 07:22 13:35 19:49
Moon 18:02 23:00 03:03
Mars 06:31 12:57 19:23
Jupiter 14:03 18:48 23:34
Saturn 16:05 20:50 01:38
All times shown in EDT.


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.




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