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Observable Bright Comets

 Valid for 2018 Sep 15                Current Stats                Closest to Sun     Closest to Earth
Comet Name                 Mag  Constellation Elong    r   delta       Date       q        Date     delta
21P/Giacobini-Zinner         7  Gemini          80M   1.02  0.40    2018-Sep-10  1.01   2018-Sep-10  0.39
C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS)       10  Centaurus       71E   2.25  2.36    2018-Aug-10  2.21   2018-Jun-24  1.29
C/2017 T3 (ATLAS)           12  Hydra           37M   1.33  1.99    2018-Jul-19  0.83   2018-Aug-01  1.35
C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)       12  Ursa Major      46M   2.93  3.54    2018-May-09  2.60   2017-Dec-22  2.05
C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS)       12  Cancer          40M   2.74  3.43    2018-Jul-18  2.67   2017-Mar-12  2.60
38P/Stephan-Oterma          12  Orion           93M   1.74  1.37    2018-Nov-10  1.67   2018-Dec-17  0.77
C/2018 N1 (NEOWISE)         12  Libra           55E   1.46  1.79    2018-Aug-01  1.31   2018-Jul-27  0.31
46P/Wirtanen                12  Cetus          143M   1.55  0.62    2018-Dec-12  1.06   2018-Dec-16  0.08
48P/Johnson                 12  Pisces Aust.   151E   2.02  1.08    2018-Aug-12  2.00   2018-Aug-20  1.01
64P/Swift-Gehrels           12  Andromeda      148M   1.51  0.56    2018-Nov-03  1.39   2018-Oct-27  0.44
78P/Gehrels                 12  Aquarius       148E   2.55  1.64    2019-Apr-02  2.01   2018-Sep-05  1.63
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Latest Bright Comet Pictures

Image of comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner by Chris Schur on 2018 September 15

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Header montage images/drawings include (clockwise from upper left) C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) by Cecil Post on 1997 Apr 11, rotational gradiant processed image of C/2012 X1 (LINEAR) in outburst by Gianluca Masi on 2013 Oct 25, drawing of C/1987 P1 (Bradfield) by Edwin Faughn on 1987 Nov 21, 209P/LINEAR by Gianluca Masi on 2014 May 26, C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) by Adrian New on 1996 Mar 25, drawing of C/1965 S1 (Ikeya-Seki) by David Meisel on 1965 Nov 1, and C/2006 P1 (McNaught) by John Melka on 2007 Jan 10. All images/drawings can be found in the ALPO Comet Section Image Gallery.

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