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Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations. More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) in Apus on August, 28 2016
High Precision Live Sky Chart
18h 08m 09s
-70° 19’ 40”
18.86
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times

Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) and the planets along their orbits in this diagram accurately represents the current configuration of the objects in the Solar System. This is an experimental feature and it requires a WebGL enabled browser. Please provide us feedback!

Orbit Diagram of Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2016 Aug 21 18.77 18h 12m 28s -71° 09’ 32” Apus
2016 Aug 22 18.78 18h 11m 43s -71° 02’ 30” Apus
2016 Aug 23 18.80 18h 11m 00s -70° 55’ 26” Apus
2016 Aug 24 18.81 18h 10m 22s -70° 48’ 20” Apus
2016 Aug 25 18.82 18h 09m 45s -70° 41’ 12” Apus
2016 Aug 26 18.84 18h 09m 11s -70° 34’ 01” Apus
2016 Aug 27 18.85 18h 08m 39s -70° 26’ 51” Apus
2016 Aug 28 18.86 18h 08m 09s -70° 19’ 40” Apus
2016 Aug 29 18.88 18h 07m 42s -70° 12’ 26” Apus
2016 Aug 30 18.89 18h 07m 18s -70° 05’ 12” Apus
2016 Aug 31 18.90 18h 06m 56s -69° 57’ 59” Apus
2016 Sep 01 18.91 18h 06m 38s -69° 50’ 44” Apus
2016 Sep 02 18.93 18h 06m 20s -69° 43’ 31” Apus
2016 Sep 03 18.94 18h 06m 06s -69° 36’ 16” Apus

Distance of Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval. The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and January 2030

Light Curve of Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS), according to the most recent ephemerides data. Magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval and there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. For comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of their highly dynamic behaviour.

Predicted magnitude of Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and January 2030

Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 19 February 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457073.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99972148
Orbit inclination i 43.10684767°
Perihelion distance q 0.31457044 AU
47,059,068 km
Aphelion distance Q 2,258.57807026 AU
337,878,470,798 km
Semi-major axis a 1,129.44632035 AU
168,962,764,933 km
Orbital period period 37,958.2900 years
13,864,263.9885 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2015-Jul-06 12:15:55
2,457,210.0111 JD
Next perihelion transit 2015-Jul-06 12:15
16,321,473.9996 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 120.05029825°
Longitude of the ascending node node 8.76248183013°
Mean anomaly M 359.996455349°
Mean motion n 0.00002597°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2015-Jul-20
Distance of closest approach* 1.18331960 AU
177,022,092 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2030-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.