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ALPO Comet Section

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Important Links

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NEW: Cloudy Nights ALPO Comet Highlights and Discussion for January 2019

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ALPO Comet Section Image Gallery (4400+ images of 460+ comets)
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Observable Bright Comets

 Valid for 2019 Jan 1                 Current Stats                Closest to Sun     Closest to Earth
Comet Name                 Mag  Constellation Elong    r   delta       Date       q        Date     delta
46P/Wirtanen                 5  Lynx           145E   1.09  0.12    2018-Dec-12  1.06   2018-Dec-16  0.08
38P/Stephan-Oterma           9  Lynx           150M   1.71  0.78    2018-Nov-10  1.67   2018-Dec-17  0.77
64P/Swift-Gehrels            9  Aries          129E   1.56  0.73    2018-Nov-03  1.39   2018-Oct-27  0.44
C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto)         10  Hydra           60M   1.39  1.58    2019-Feb-06  1.28   2019-Feb-12  0.30
C/2018 L2 (ATLAS)           10  Hercules        41E   1.75  2.36    2018-Dec-02  1.71   2019-Jan-07  2.36
C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS)       10  Octans          59M   2.75  3.04    2018-Aug-10  2.21   2018-Jun-24  1.29
C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS)       12  Canis Major    138M   3.18  2.38    2018-Jul-18  2.67   2018-Dec-23  2.37
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Latest Bright Comet Pictures

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Coordinator
Carl W. Hergenrother
carl.hergenrother (at) alpo-astronomy.org

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Assistant Coordinator
Gary W. Kronk
132 Jessica Drive
St. Jacob, ILĀ  62281-1246
gkronk (at) gmail.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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