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You can now buy the recently released book, Fall of a Thousand Suns: How Near Misses and Comet Impacts affected the Religious Beliefs of our Ancestors. It is available through iBooks and Amazon.

 

This website only lists information on modern-day comets and meteor showers. The book, however, thoroughly investigates how specific ancient impacts and near misses changed religious beliefs around the world.

Comets in 2016

 
 

Between one hundred billion and two trillion comets are thought to exist in our solar system. As of April 18, 2015, only 3,845 comets have been observed and named. Let's take a closer look at some comets that may be visible to the naked eye in 2016 or are otherwise newsworthy.

 

 

SOHO Comets    

Dozens of tiny comets will closely orbit the Sun in 2016. The vast majority will die in its corona or on its surface. Only space observatories using coronagraphs, like SOHO, will be able to observe these comets. The general public has access to SOHO's movies and images, and can attempt to discover comets in 2016.

 

 

 

 

A List of all Comets that will reach Perihelion in 2016

All comets no matter how faint, provided they reach perihelion in 2016, are listed below alongside the day of discovery, perihelion, orbital period, diameter and apparent magnitude. Each column is sortable. Simply click on the arrows at the top of each column.

 

 

 

Formal Name Informal Name Discovery

Perihelion

Orbit

(yrs)

Diameter

Apparent

Magnitude

116P/Wild 4    Comet Wild 4 2016/01/11
211P/Arend    Comet Hill 2016/01/27
50P/Arend    Comet Arend 1951/10/04 2016/02/08 8.27 1.9 km
P/2010 V1    Comet Ikeya-Murakami 2016/02/26
147P/Kushida-Murakami Comet Kushida-Murakami 2016/02/27
194P/LINEAR    Comet LINEAR 2016/03/02
P/2003 T12    Comet SOHO 2016/03/09
252P/LINEAR    Comet LINEAR 2016/03/15
127P/Holt-Olmstead    Comet Holt-Olmstead 2016/03/17
D/1918 W1   Comet Kowal 2   2016/03/26
50P/Schorr    Comet Schorr 2016/03/28
100P/Hartley 1 Comet Hartley 1 1985/06/13 2016/04/02 6.31
102P/Shoemaker 1 Comet Shoemaker 1 1984/09/27 2016/04/20 3.2 km
C/2007 VA85 Comet 2007 VA85 2007/07/28 2016/04/04
190P/Mueller    Comet Mueller 2016/04/07
C/2013 X1 Comet PanSTARRS 2016/04/19
53P/Van Biesbroeck Comet Van Biesbroeck 1954/09/01 2016/04/29 12.53 6.66 km
77P/Longmore Comet Longmore 1975/06/10 2016/05/13 6.83 8.2 km
C/2012 U68 Comet 2012 U68 2016/05/21
224P/LINEAR-NEAT Comet LINEAR-NEAT 2016/05/24
C/2011 KP36 Comet Spacewatch 2016/05/26
P/2007 R3 Comet Gibbs 2016/05/27
216P/LINEAR Comet LINEAR 2016/05/30
136P/Mueller 3 Comet Mueller 3 2016/05/31
157P/Tritton Comet Tritton 2016/06/10
202P/Scotti Comet Scotti 2016/06/11
P/2011 A2 Comet Scotti 2016/06/14
118P/Shoemaker-Levy 4 Comet Shoemaker-Levy 4 2016/06/16
146P/Shoemaker-LINEAR Comet Shoemaker-LINEAR 2016/06/30
207P/Arend Comet NEAT 2016/07/01
208P/Arend Comet McMillan 2016/07/01
P/2000 O3 Comet SOHO 2016/07/01
P/2010 N1 Comet WISE 2016/07/13
279P/La Sagra Comet La Sagra 2016/07/14
56P/Slaughter-Burnham Comet Slaughter-Burnham 1959/01/27 2016/07/18 11.54 3.12 km
81P/Wild 2 Comet Wild 2 1978/01/06 2016/07/20 6.41 4.0 km
P/2009 K1 Comet Gibbs 2016/07/24
150P/LONEOS Comet LONEOS 2016/07/24
9P/Tempel 1 Comet Tempel 1 2016/08/02
225P/LINEAR Comet LINEAR 2016/08/16
43P/Wolf-Harrington     Comet Wolf-Harrington     1924/12/22 2016/08/19 6.14 3.66 km
33P/Daniel Comet Daniel 1909/12/07 2016/08/22 8.06 2.6 km
144P/Kushida Comet Kushida 2016/08/30
P/1999 V1 Comet Catalina 2016/08/31
226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski Comet Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski 2016/09/05
212P/NEAT Comet NEAT 2016/09/10
2008 HW1 Comet 2008 HW1 2016/10/05
P/1997 G1 Comet Montani 2016/10/09
237P/LINEAR Comet LINEAR 2016/10/11
238P/Read Comet Read 2016/10/22
94P/Russell 4 Comet Russell 4 1984/03/07 2016/10/27 6.6 5.2 km
P/2005 S3 Comet Read 2016/11/01
D/1978 R1 Comet Haneda-Campos 2016/11/11
P/2008 T1 Comet Boattini 2016/11/18
P/2008 J3 Comet McNaught 2016/11/22
P/2004 VR8 Comet LONEOS 2016/12/07
89P/Russell 2 Comet Russell 2 2016/12/14
45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova  Comet Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova 1948/12/03 2016/12/31 5.25 1.6 km

 

 

 

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