Discovered on May 12, 1986, by amateur astronomer Donald Machholz, 96P/Machholz is a short-period comet. This remarkable celestial object follows an extraordinary trajectory, bringing it perilously close to the Sun’s surface during perihelion. Notably, 96P/Machholz stands out due to its distinctive chemical composition, suggesting a potential origin beyond our solar system.
Closest approach to Earth: 31 January, 2023 (Magnitude 0.7)
Perihelion: 31 January, 2023 (Magnitude 0.7)
Unfortunately these bright magnitudes will not be observed as the comet will be positioned too close to the Sun.
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