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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 Hydra on February, 24 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
12h 51m 32s
-23° 48’ 16”
 = 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: 113.8°
Max altitude: 14.7°
Azimuth: 246.2°

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
2018 Feb 17 19.05 12h 55m 36s -23° 59’ 57” Hydra
2018 Feb 18 19.05 12h 55m 03s -23° 58’ 32” Hydra
2018 Feb 19 19.06 12h 54m 29s -23° 57’ 02” Hydra
2018 Feb 20 19.06 12h 53m 54s -23° 55’ 27” Hydra
2018 Feb 21 19.06 12h 53m 20s -23° 53’ 48” Hydra
2018 Feb 22 19.06 12h 52m 44s -23° 52’ 02” Hydra
2018 Feb 23 19.06 12h 52m 08s -23° 50’ 12” Hydra
2018 Feb 24 19.07 12h 51m 32s -23° 48’ 16” Hydra
2018 Feb 25 19.07 12h 50m 54s -23° 46’ 17” Hydra
2018 Feb 26 19.07 12h 50m 17s -23° 44’ 11” Hydra
2018 Feb 27 19.07 12h 49m 41s -23° 41’ 59” Hydra
2018 Feb 28 19.08 12h 49m 03s -23° 39’ 43” Hydra
2018 Mar 01 19.08 12h 48m 24s -23° 37’ 23” Hydra
2018 Mar 02 19.08 12h 47m 45s -23° 34’ 56” Hydra

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 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 19 December 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457376.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00101095
Orbit inclination i 163.23167642°
Perihelion distance q 1.31423561 AU
196,606,850 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 164.46176827468°
Longitude of the ascending node node 130.95563960438°
Mean anomaly M -0.0025807007147074°
Mean motion n 0.00002103°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2016-Jun-22
Distance of closest approach* 0.64034320 AU
95,793,979 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.