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Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) Position

Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Corvus. The current Right Ascension is 12h 05m 15s and the Declination is -15° 41’ 09”.

12h 05m 15s
-15° 41’ 09”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) in Corvus on January, 23 2020
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 12h 05m 15s
Dec: -15° 41’ 09”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS)
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 1,792,078,658 kilometers, equivalent to 11.979306 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 39 minutes and 37.7310 seconds to travel from Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

1 hours, 39 minutes and 37.7310 seconds

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

Closest approach of Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Wed Jun 22 2016 at a distance of 0.64034320 Astronomical Units, or 95,793,979 kilometers:

Wed Jun 22 2016

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

Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) is 22.24.


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/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 December 2100

Comet C/2013 X1 (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/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 105.7°
Max altitude: 22.8°
Azimuth: 254.3°
Comet C/2013 X1 (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/2013 X1 (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/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 19 December 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457376.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00101094
Orbit inclination i 163.23167670°
Perihelion distance q 1.31423557 AU
196,606,843 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 17:29:51
2,457,499.2291 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 164.46177219493°
Longitude of the ascending node node 130.95564187724°
Mean anomaly M -0.0025806456583862°
Mean motion n 0.00002103°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) Orbit

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) 15 Days 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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Jan 16 12h 06m 41s -15° 42’ 10” 22.24 Corvus
2020 Jan 17 12h 06m 29s -15° 42’ 10” 22.24 Corvus
2020 Jan 18 12h 06m 20s -15° 42’ 06” 22.24 Corvus
2020 Jan 19 12h 06m 08s -15° 42’ 02” 22.24 Corvus
2020 Jan 20 12h 05m 57s -15° 41’ 54” 22.24 Corvus
2020 Jan 21 12h 05m 45s -15° 41’ 44” 22.24 Corvus
2020 Jan 22 12h 05m 34s -15° 41’ 33” 22.24 Corvus
2020 Jan 23 12h 05m 21s -15° 41’ 17” 22.24 Corvus
2020 Jan 24 12h 05m 08s -15° 40’ 59” 22.24 Corvus
2020 Jan 25 12h 04m 55s -15° 40’ 40” 22.24 Corvus
2020 Jan 26 12h 04m 42s -15° 40’ 18” 22.24 Corvus
2020 Jan 27 12h 04m 29s -15° 39’ 52” 22.25 Corvus
2020 Jan 28 12h 04m 15s -15° 39’ 24” 22.25 Corvus
2020 Jan 29 12h 04m 01s -15° 38’ 54” 22.25 Corvus