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All about comet Encke (2P/Encke)

Comet enthusiasts around the world will be able to see three comets in November, 2013. 2p/Encke, also known as Encke's comet, is one of them.

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Encke's comet is a short-period comet.

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A periodic comet, with the shortest orbital period - it takes 3.3 years to complete a single orbit around the Sun - Encke's comet was discovered in 1786 by French astronomer, Pierre Méchain. However, unlike its counterparts, Encke was named not after its discoverer, but after Johann Franz Encke, a German astronomer who calculated its orbit.

Where and when to view Encke's comet

Encke's comet will not get bright enough to be seen by the naked eye. However, observers with binoculars will be able to see the comet clearly.

Encke is a Northern Hemisphere comet. People in the Southern Hemisphere will not be able to view it this year.

The best time to view Encke is during pre dawn hours in the month of November.

Topics: Astronomy, Comets, November, Northern Hemisphere


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