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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 Crater. The current Right Ascension is 11h 53m 31s and the Declination is -12° 59’ 20”.

11h 53m 31s
-12° 59’ 20”

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 fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) in Crater on September, 15 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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

RA: 11h 53m 31s
Dec: -12° 59’ 20”
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

The distance of Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 1,871,900,865 kilometers, equivalent to 12.512884 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 44 minutes and 3.9892 seconds to travel from Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

1 hours, 44 minutes and 3.9892 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 22.09.


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 behvior 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: 103.0°
Max altitude: 25.5°
Azimuth: 257.0°
Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) is above 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, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere 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
2019 Sep 08 11h 51m 34s -12° 49’ 28” 22.06 Crater
2019 Sep 09 11h 51m 50s -12° 50’ 43” 22.06 Crater
2019 Sep 10 11h 52m 05s -12° 51’ 57” 22.07 Crater
2019 Sep 11 11h 52m 21s -12° 53’ 14” 22.07 Crater
2019 Sep 12 11h 52m 36s -12° 54’ 33” 22.08 Crater
2019 Sep 13 11h 52m 51s -12° 55’ 51” 22.08 Crater
2019 Sep 14 11h 53m 07s -12° 57’ 11” 22.08 Crater
2019 Sep 15 11h 53m 22s -12° 58’ 32” 22.09 Crater
2019 Sep 16 11h 53m 38s -12° 59’ 56” 22.09 Crater
2019 Sep 17 11h 53m 53s -13° 01’ 19” 22.09 Crater
2019 Sep 18 11h 54m 08s -13° 02’ 44” 22.10 Crater
2019 Sep 19 11h 54m 24s -13° 04’ 09” 22.10 Crater
2019 Sep 20 11h 54m 39s -13° 05’ 36” 22.11 Crater
2019 Sep 21 11h 54m 55s -13° 07’ 05” 22.11 Crater