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Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS)

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C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) in Pavo on May,30 2016
Sky map showing C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) in Pavo on May, 30 2016
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Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram (beta)

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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 visualize an interactive sky map showing where Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) will be located at the chosen date. Real time current position of Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) is also available.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2016 May 23 17.81 20h 59m 39s -69° 42’ 39” Pavo
2016 May 24 17.81 20h 58m 51s -69° 51’ 59” Pavo
2016 May 25 17.82 20h 58m 00s -70° 01’ 14” Pavo
2016 May 26 17.83 20h 57m 07s -70° 10’ 26” Pavo
2016 May 27 17.84 20h 56m 11s -70° 19’ 33” Pavo
2016 May 28 17.85 20h 55m 10s -70° 28’ 37” Pavo
2016 May 29 17.85 20h 54m 07s -70° 37’ 37” Pavo
2016 May 30 17.86 20h 53m 02s -70° 46’ 32” Pavo
2016 May 31 17.87 20h 51m 52s -70° 55’ 20” Pavo
2016 Jun 01 17.88 20h 50m 39s -71° 04’ 02” Pavo
2016 Jun 02 17.89 20h 49m 23s -71° 12’ 39” Pavo
2016 Jun 03 17.90 20h 48m 05s -71° 21’ 10” Pavo
2016 Jun 04 17.90 20h 46m 42s -71° 29’ 33” Pavo
2016 Jun 05 17.91 20h 45m 16s -71° 37’ 47” Pavo

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 sampled with a 2 days interval, so please keep in mind that there might be inaccuracies around the time of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. Real time current distance of Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is also available.

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.

The magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval, so there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. Also, for comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of the their highly dynamic and unpredictable behaviour. To get precise information about the current magnitude of Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS), updated in real time, please go to the Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) live tracker page.

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

Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 17 February 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457071.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99972169
Orbit inclination i 43.10674369°
Perihelion distance q 0.31457138 AU
47,059,208 km
Aphelion distance Q 2,260.24233336 AU
338,127,441,015 km
Semi-major axis a 1,130.27845237 AU
169,087,250,112 km
Orbital period period 38,000.2400 years
13,879,588.7842 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2015-Jul-06 12:15:56
2,457,210.0111 JD
Next perihelion transit 9647-Apr-06 12:16
16,336,798.7953 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 120.050181392°
Longitude of the ascending node node 8.76254119329°
Mean anomaly M 359.996407387°
Mean motion n 0.00002594°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2015-Jul-20
Distance of closest approach* 1.18332032 AU
177,022,200 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.