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ALPO Comet Section

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Observable Bright Comets

 Valid for 2016 Jun 15                  Current Stats                Closest to Sun     Closest to Earth
Comet Name                  Mag Constellation Elong    r   delta       Date       q        Date     delta
C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS)        6    Microscopium 131M   1.55  0.68    2016-Apr-20  1.31   2016-Jun-22  0.64
C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS)       11    Ursa Major    73E   3.00  3.13    2015-Dec-09  2.10   2016-Feb-27  1.83
81P/Wild 2                  11    Cancer        46E   1.63  2.17    2015-Nov-14  1.42   2015-May-24  1.32
9P/Tempel 1                 11    Virgo         95E   1.61  1.16    2016-Aug-02  1.54   2016-Apr-02  0.98
252P/LINEAR                 12    Hercules     149E   1.56  0.60    2016-Mar-15  1.00   2016-Mar-21  0.04
C/2015 WZ (PANSTARRS)       12    Cygnus        99M   1.63  1.13    2016-Apr-15  1.38   2016-Jun-21  1.11
C/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS)       12    Draco         91E   2.86  2.65    2016-Mar-10  2.67   2015-Dec-08  2.43
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Latest Bright Comet Pictures

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Coordinator
Carl W. Hergenrother
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
Tucson, AZ 85721
chergen (at) lpl.arizona.edu

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Assistant Coordinator
Gary W. Kronk
132 Jessica Drive
St. Jacob, ILĀ  62281-1246
kronk (at) cometography.com

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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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