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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 35m 15s and the Declination is -18° 55’ 17”.

21h 35m 15s
-18° 55’ 17”

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 fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) in Capricornus on October, 18 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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

RA: 21h 35m 15s
Dec: -18° 55’ 17”
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 2,290,797,275 kilometers, equivalent to 15.313034 Astronomical Units. Light takes 2 hours, 7 minutes and 21.2772 seconds to travel from Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

2 hours, 7 minutes and 21.2772 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 0.95271042 Astronomical Units, or 142,523,451 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 21.51.


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.

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: 108.9°
Max altitude: 19.6°
Azimuth: 251.1°
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, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere 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
2019 Oct 11 21h 36m 19s -18° 53’ 48” 21.48 Capricornus
2019 Oct 12 21h 36m 08s -18° 54’ 03” 21.48 Capricornus
2019 Oct 13 21h 36m 00s -18° 54’ 20” 21.49 Capricornus
2019 Oct 14 21h 35m 51s -18° 54’ 33” 21.49 Capricornus
2019 Oct 15 21h 35m 41s -18° 54’ 46” 21.50 Capricornus
2019 Oct 16 21h 35m 33s -18° 54’ 57” 21.50 Capricornus
2019 Oct 17 21h 35m 25s -18° 55’ 08” 21.50 Capricornus
2019 Oct 18 21h 35m 17s -18° 55’ 15” 21.51 Capricornus
2019 Oct 19 21h 35m 08s -18° 55’ 23” 21.51 Capricornus
2019 Oct 20 21h 35m 00s -18° 55’ 30” 21.52 Capricornus
2019 Oct 21 21h 34m 54s -18° 55’ 35” 21.52 Capricornus
2019 Oct 22 21h 34m 45s -18° 55’ 37” 21.53 Capricornus
2019 Oct 23 21h 34m 40s -18° 55’ 40” 21.53 Capricornus
2019 Oct 24 21h 34m 32s -18° 55’ 41” 21.53 Capricornus