Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS)
Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2012 K1 (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.
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 behvior 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.
Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times
Today's Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.
Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram
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!
Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) 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.
|2019 Jan 15||21h 47m 09s||-18° 37’ 50”||21.11||Capricornus|
|2019 Jan 16||21h 47m 21s||-18° 36’ 21”||21.12||Capricornus|
|2019 Jan 17||21h 47m 35s||-18° 34’ 53”||21.12||Capricornus|
|2019 Jan 18||21h 47m 48s||-18° 33’ 24”||21.12||Capricornus|
|2019 Jan 19||21h 48m 00s||-18° 31’ 54”||21.13||Capricornus|
|2019 Jan 20||21h 48m 12s||-18° 30’ 25”||21.13||Capricornus|
|2019 Jan 21||21h 48m 25s||-18° 28’ 57”||21.13||Capricornus|
|2019 Jan 22||21h 48m 38s||-18° 27’ 26”||21.14||Capricornus|
|2019 Jan 23||21h 48m 51s||-18° 25’ 58”||21.14||Capricornus|
|2019 Jan 24||21h 49m 05s||-18° 24’ 28”||21.14||Capricornus|
|2019 Jan 25||21h 49m 18s||-18° 22’ 58”||21.15||Capricornus|
|2019 Jan 26||21h 49m 32s||-18° 21’ 29”||21.15||Capricornus|
|2019 Jan 27||21h 49m 45s||-18° 19’ 59”||21.15||Capricornus|
|2019 Jan 28||21h 49m 59s||-18° 18’ 29”||21.16||Capricornus|
Distance of Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2012 K1 (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/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS)
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.
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
|Perihelion distance||q||1.05459288 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2014-Aug-27 15:50:53
|Argument of perihelion||peri||203.10684521684°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||317.73769654441°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2014-Oct-31|
|Distance of closest approach*||0.95271042 AU
* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.