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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.

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Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) in Corvus on September, 21 2017
12h 43m 59s
-19° 40’ 04”
18.47
 = 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: 109.7°
Max altitude: 18.9°
Azimuth: 250.3°

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 Sep 14 18.40 12h 41m 09s -19° 29’ 03” Corvus
2017 Sep 15 18.42 12h 41m 34s -19° 30’ 29” Corvus
2017 Sep 16 18.43 12h 41m 57s -19° 31’ 59” Corvus
2017 Sep 17 18.44 12h 42m 21s -19° 33’ 30” Corvus
2017 Sep 18 18.45 12h 42m 47s -19° 35’ 04” Corvus
2017 Sep 19 18.45 12h 43m 10s -19° 36’ 42” Corvus
2017 Sep 20 18.46 12h 43m 36s -19° 38’ 21” Corvus
2017 Sep 21 18.47 12h 43m 59s -19° 40’ 04” Corvus
2017 Sep 22 18.48 12h 44m 25s -19° 41’ 48” Corvus
2017 Sep 23 18.49 12h 44m 48s -19° 43’ 33” Corvus
2017 Sep 24 18.50 12h 45m 14s -19° 45’ 23” Corvus
2017 Sep 25 18.51 12h 45m 38s -19° 47’ 13” Corvus
2017 Sep 26 18.52 12h 46m 04s -19° 49’ 06” Corvus
2017 Sep 27 18.53 12h 46m 27s -19° 51’ 02” Corvus

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.

Distance of Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

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 December 2075

Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 15 December 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457372.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00100821
Orbit inclination i 163.23167554°
Perihelion distance q 1.31423283 AU
196,606,434 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 17:30:12
2,457,499.2293 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 164.46193215741°
Longitude of the ascending node node 130.95558954044°
Mean anomaly M -0.0026539776386224°
Mean motion n 0.00002094°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2016-Jun-22
Distance of closest approach* 0.64034332 AU
95,793,997 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.