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Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) Position

Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Taurus. The current Right Ascension is 03h 33m 38s and the Declination is +22° 55’ 41”.

03h 33m 38s
+22° 55’ 41”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) in Taurus on March, 29 2020
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) is right now (view fullscreen)

364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS)
RA: 03h 33m 38s
Dec: +22° 55’ 41”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) Distance

The distance of Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 793,318,906 kilometers, equivalent to 5.303009 Astronomical Units. Light takes 44 minutes and 6.2270 seconds to travel from Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

44 minutes and 6.2270 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Distance of Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Sat Apr 8 2023 at a distance of 0.12071914 Astronomical Units, or 18,059,326 kilometers:

Sat Apr 8 2023

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) is 27.61.


The observed magnitude and coma diameter values are derived from the Comet Observers Database by averaging the values reported in recent observations (more recent than 4 days), when available. The Estimated Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of comets. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Estimated Magnitude as a directional indication. We acknowledge with thanks the comet observations from the COBS Comet Observation Database contributed by observers worldwide and used in this table to report recent comet observations.

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 364P/2018 A2 (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 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 67.1°
Max altitude: 61.4°
Azimuth: 292.9°
Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 26 March 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457839.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.72255189
Orbit inclination i 12.15526964°
Perihelion distance q 0.79821728 AU
119,411,605 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.95577606 AU
741,373,547 km
Semi-major axis a 2.87699667 AU
430,392,576 km
Orbital period period 4.8800 years
1,782.4094 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Jun-24 09:54:48
2,458,293.9131 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-May-11 19:44
2,460,076.3225 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 211.92453212533°
Longitude of the ascending node node 46.227603082408°
Mean anomaly M 268.22046735433°
Mean motion n 0.20197380°/day

Visualization of Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 364P/2018 A2 (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 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Mar 22 03h 28m 17s +22° 36’ 52” 27.54 Aries
2020 Mar 23 03h 28m 56s +22° 39’ 16” 27.55 Aries
2020 Mar 24 03h 29m 38s +22° 41’ 40” 27.56 Taurus
2020 Mar 25 03h 30m 20s +22° 44’ 07” 27.56 Taurus
2020 Mar 26 03h 31m 01s +22° 46’ 33” 27.57 Taurus
2020 Mar 27 03h 31m 44s +22° 49’ 01” 27.58 Taurus
2020 Mar 28 03h 32m 26s +22° 51’ 30” 27.59 Taurus
2020 Mar 29 03h 33m 10s +22° 54’ 01” 27.60 Taurus
2020 Mar 30 03h 33m 52s +22° 56’ 31” 27.61 Taurus
2020 Mar 31 03h 34m 36s +22° 59’ 03” 27.61 Taurus
2020 Apr 01 03h 35m 21s +23° 01’ 36” 27.62 Taurus
2020 Apr 02 03h 36m 06s +23° 04’ 09” 27.63 Taurus
2020 Apr 03 03h 36m 51s +23° 06’ 43” 27.64 Taurus
2020 Apr 04 03h 37m 36s +23° 09’ 19” 27.65 Taurus