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Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS)

Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Crater. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) is 11h 51m 03s and the Declination is -12° 18’ 31” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) is 23.19 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

11h 51m 03s
-12° 18’ 31”
  • C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-South-West direction at an altitude of 25° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) rise and set times.
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Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Map showing Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) in Crater on October, 27 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) in Crater on October, 27 2020
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 11h 51m 03s
Dec: -12° 18’ 31”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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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 from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 2,243,740,179 kilometers, equivalent to 14.998477 Astronomical Units. Light takes 2 hours, 4 minutes and 44.3116 seconds to travel from Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

2 hours, 4 minutes and 44.3116 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 0.640343 Astronomical Units, or 95,793,982 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 23.19.


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: 102.3°
Max altitude: 26.2°
Azimuth: 257.7°

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 Oct 20 11h 49m 45s -12° 07’ 13” 23.18 Crater
2020 Oct 21 11h 49m 55s -12° 08’ 44” 23.19 Crater
2020 Oct 22 11h 50m 07s -12° 10’ 15” 23.19 Crater
2020 Oct 23 11h 50m 17s -12° 11’ 47” 23.19 Crater
2020 Oct 24 11h 50m 27s -12° 13’ 18” 23.19 Crater
2020 Oct 25 11h 50m 39s -12° 14’ 49” 23.19 Crater
2020 Oct 26 11h 50m 48s -12° 16’ 21” 23.19 Crater
2020 Oct 27 11h 50m 58s -12° 17’ 52” 23.19 Crater
2020 Oct 28 11h 51m 08s -12° 19’ 22” 23.19 Crater
2020 Oct 29 11h 51m 19s -12° 20’ 53” 23.20 Crater
2020 Oct 30 11h 51m 29s -12° 22’ 23” 23.20 Crater
2020 Oct 31 11h 51m 38s -12° 23’ 53” 23.20 Crater
2020 Nov 01 11h 51m 47s -12° 25’ 23” 23.20 Crater
2020 Nov 02 11h 51m 56s -12° 26’ 52” 23.20 Crater