Comet Section        

 
 

ALPO Comet Section

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Important Links

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NEW: Comet Highlights for December 2016
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Submit Visual Comet Magnitude Estimates
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Submit Comet Images and Drawings to the ALPO Image Archive
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ALPO Comet Section Image Gallery (2197 images of 191 comets)
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ALPO Comet Section Magnitude Database
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for Past Comets (post-2000)
for Past Comets (1990s)
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for Past Periodic Comets
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Observable Bright Comets

 Valid for 2016 Dec 1                  Current Stats                Closest to Sun     Closest to Earth
Comet Name                  Mag Constellation Elong    r   delta       Date       q        Date     delta
C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE)         10    Canes Venatici79M   1.13  0.77    2017-Jan-14  0.32   2016-Dec-12  0.71
45/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova  11    Sagittarius   39E   0.81  1.27    2016-Dec-31  0.53   2017-Feb-11  0.08
C/2015 V2 (Johnson)         12    Canes Venatici79M   2.93  2.96    2017-Jun-12  1.64   2017-Jun-05  0.81
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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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