Home   Sun & Moon   Comets   Comet Encke (2P/Encke)

Comet Encke (2P/Encke)

Comet Encke (2P/Encke) is a periodic comet which graced the skies in November, 2013.

Illustration image

Encke's comet is a short-period comet.

NASA/ESA/Max-Planck-Institute for Solar System Research

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.

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

Encke is a Northern Hemisphere comet. People in the Southern Hemisphere were not able to view it.

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

Topics: Comets

Advertising

Comets

  1. What Are Comets?
  2. Comet Encke (2P/Encke)
  3. All about Comet ISON (C/2012 S1)
  4. All about Comet Lovejoy (C/2013 R1)

More about comets

Sunrise & Sunset Times

You might also like

Leap Second on New Year's

Leap Second on New Year's

A leap second will be added to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on December 31, 2016. This will help synchronize our watches with the Earth's slowing rotation. more

2017 Cosmic Calendar

List of cosmic events in 2017 including supermoons, solar and lunar eclipses, meteor showers, solstices, and equinoxes. more