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Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) Position

Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Capricornus. The current Right Ascension is 21h 53m 44s and the Declination is -16° 31’ 03”.

21h 53m 44s
-16° 31’ 03”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) in Capricornus on March, 29 2020
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 21h 53m 44s
Dec: -16° 31’ 03”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS)
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 2,606,669,257 kilometers, equivalent to 17.424508 Astronomical Units. Light takes 2 hours, 24 minutes and 54.9127 seconds to travel from Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

2 hours, 24 minutes and 54.9127 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2012 K1 (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 C/2012 K1 (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 C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Fri Oct 31 2014 at a distance of 0.95271038 Astronomical Units, or 142,523,444 kilometers:

Fri Oct 31 2014

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

Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) is 21.97.


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 C/2012 K1 (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/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2012 K1 (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 C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 106.5°
Max altitude: 22.0°
Azimuth: 253.5°
Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2012 K1 (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 C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 10 February 2014 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456699.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00015193
Orbit inclination i 142.42825922°
Perihelion distance q 1.05459288 AU
157,764,850 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2014-Aug-27 15:50:53
2,456,897.1603 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 203.10684521684°
Longitude of the ascending node node 317.73769654441°
Mean anomaly M -0.00033688398660448°
Mean motion n 0.00000170°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2012 K1 (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/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2012 K1 (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/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Mar 22 21h 52m 33s -16° 37’ 27” 21.97 Capricornus
2020 Mar 23 21h 52m 44s -16° 36’ 33” 21.97 Capricornus
2020 Mar 24 21h 52m 53s -16° 35’ 41” 21.97 Capricornus
2020 Mar 25 21h 53m 03s -16° 34’ 50” 21.97 Capricornus
2020 Mar 26 21h 53m 12s -16° 34’ 00” 21.97 Capricornus
2020 Mar 27 21h 53m 21s -16° 33’ 11” 21.97 Capricornus
2020 Mar 28 21h 53m 30s -16° 32’ 22” 21.97 Capricornus
2020 Mar 29 21h 53m 39s -16° 31’ 35” 21.97 Capricornus
2020 Mar 30 21h 53m 47s -16° 30’ 47” 21.97 Capricornus
2020 Mar 31 21h 53m 56s -16° 30’ 02” 21.97 Capricornus
2020 Apr 01 21h 54m 03s -16° 29’ 17” 21.97 Capricornus
2020 Apr 02 21h 54m 11s -16° 28’ 33” 21.97 Capricornus
2020 Apr 03 21h 54m 20s -16° 27’ 51” 21.97 Capricornus
2020 Apr 04 21h 54m 28s -16° 27’ 09” 21.97 Capricornus