152P/Helin-Lawrence

Observed:  Points: 1

Current Info for Observer

as of 05/05/2021 9:23 p.m.

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General Info

as of 05/05/2021 9:23 p.m.

TypeComet
Constellation Virgo
Magnitude18.76
Peak Magnitude 18.36 (June 24, 2022)
OrbitsSun
Right ascension13:29:07.24 (Hours)
Declination3:58:58.5 (Deg)
Distance from Earth2.47093AU
Closest Approach May 28, 2031 (2.120AU)
Distance from Sun3.38826AU
Elongation150:55:59.5

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152P/Helin-Lawrence

11" SCT f/6.4 and STF-8300M CCD Camera
1 points

Comet 152P/Helin-Lawrence now has a very faint slim 0.012 degree long tail pointing WNW of the coma which isn't bad for such a faint comet. In these images the comet is only magnitude 19.3 and is 288 million miles from Earth. 152P will reach perihelion in its 9.48 year orbit in January 2022 but it won't brighten to magnitude 16 until the summer of 2022.

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