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Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS)

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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.

Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) in Aquarius on February, 22 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
22h 07m 24s
-18° 24’ 59”
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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 local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 108.4°
Max altitude: 20.1°
Azimuth: 251.6°

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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS)
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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.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Feb 15 20.29 22h 05m 33s -18° 37’ 14” Aquarius
2018 Feb 16 20.29 22h 05m 48s -18° 35’ 27” Aquarius
2018 Feb 17 20.30 22h 06m 05s -18° 33’ 41” Aquarius
2018 Feb 18 20.30 22h 06m 20s -18° 31’ 55” Aquarius
2018 Feb 19 20.30 22h 06m 37s -18° 30’ 10” Aquarius
2018 Feb 20 20.30 22h 06m 52s -18° 28’ 26” Aquarius
2018 Feb 21 20.31 22h 07m 09s -18° 26’ 42” Aquarius
2018 Feb 22 20.31 22h 07m 24s -18° 24’ 59” Aquarius
2018 Feb 23 20.31 22h 07m 41s -18° 23’ 16” Aquarius
2018 Feb 24 20.31 22h 07m 57s -18° 21’ 33” Aquarius
2018 Feb 25 20.32 22h 08m 12s -18° 19’ 53” Aquarius
2018 Feb 26 20.32 22h 08m 27s -18° 18’ 11” Aquarius
2018 Feb 27 20.32 22h 08m 44s -18° 16’ 32” Aquarius
2018 Feb 28 20.32 22h 08m 59s -18° 14’ 53” Aquarius

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.

Distance of Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2075

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
Closest approach to Earth* 2014-Oct-31
Distance of closest approach* 0.95271042 AU
142,523,451 km

* 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.