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Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2013 X1 (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/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) in Centaurus on February, 25 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
14h 40m 59s
-35° 05’ 53”
 = 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/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 125.1°
Max altitude: 3.4°
Azimuth: 234.9°

Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2013 X1 (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/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2013 X1 (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/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Feb 18 15.05 14h 48m 10s -34° 58’ 26” Centaurus
2017 Feb 19 15.05 14h 47m 12s -34° 59’ 52” Centaurus
2017 Feb 20 15.06 14h 46m 14s -35° 01’ 12” Centaurus
2017 Feb 21 15.06 14h 45m 14s -35° 02’ 23” Centaurus
2017 Feb 22 15.06 14h 44m 12s -35° 03’ 29” Centaurus
2017 Feb 23 15.06 14h 43m 09s -35° 04’ 26” Centaurus
2017 Feb 24 15.07 14h 42m 05s -35° 05’ 13” Centaurus
2017 Feb 25 15.07 14h 40m 59s -35° 05’ 53” Centaurus
2017 Feb 26 15.07 14h 39m 51s -35° 06’ 25” Centaurus
2017 Feb 27 15.08 14h 38m 41s -35° 06’ 47” Centaurus
2017 Feb 28 15.08 14h 37m 32s -35° 07’ 00” Centaurus
2017 Mar 01 15.08 14h 36m 20s -35° 07’ 05” Centaurus
2017 Mar 02 15.08 14h 35m 07s -35° 06’ 59” Centaurus
2017 Mar 03 15.09 14h 33m 51s -35° 06’ 43” Centaurus

Distance of Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2013 X1 (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/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and January 2030

Light Curve of Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2013 X1 (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/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and January 2030

Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 18 October 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457680.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00089231
Orbit inclination i 163.23247498°
Perihelion distance q 1.31425059 AU
196,609,090 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Apr-20 17:11:56
2,457,499.2166 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 164.45293331954°
Longitude of the ascending node node 130.95798498983°
Mean anomaly M 0.0031609806660333°
Mean motion n 0.00001744°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2016-Jun-22
Distance of closest approach* 0.64033166 AU
95,792,252 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2030-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.