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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 Pavo on June, 27 2016
High Precision Live Sky Chart
20h 00m 57s
-73° 52’ 45”
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 = 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 Jun 20 18.05 20h 17m 27s -73° 21’ 19” Pavo
2016 Jun 21 18.06 20h 15m 12s -73° 26’ 34” Pavo
2016 Jun 22 18.07 20h 12m 56s -73° 31’ 33” Pavo
2016 Jun 23 18.08 20h 10m 36s -73° 36’ 19” Pavo
2016 Jun 24 18.09 20h 08m 14s -73° 40’ 49” Pavo
2016 Jun 25 18.10 20h 05m 52s -73° 45’ 03” Pavo
2016 Jun 26 18.11 20h 03m 25s -73° 49’ 02” Pavo
2016 Jun 27 18.12 20h 00m 57s -73° 52’ 45” Pavo
2016 Jun 28 18.13 19h 58m 28s -73° 56’ 12” Pavo
2016 Jun 29 18.14 19h 55m 59s -73° 59’ 23” Pavo
2016 Jun 30 18.15 19h 53m 26s -74° 02’ 17” Pavo
2016 Jul 01 18.16 19h 50m 53s -74° 04’ 55” Pavo
2016 Jul 02 18.17 19h 48m 19s -74° 07’ 15” Pavo
2016 Jul 03 18.18 19h 45m 43s -74° 09’ 20” 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 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 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.