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Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) Position

Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Pavo. The current Right Ascension is 20h 28m 36s and the Declination is -63° 38’ 29”.

20h 28m 36s
-63° 38’ 29”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) in Pavo on September, 21 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS)
RA: 20h 28m 36s
Dec: -63° 38’ 29”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS)
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 2,094,309,257 kilometers, equivalent to 13.999593 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 56 minutes and 25.8637 seconds to travel from Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

2,094,309,257
13.999593
1 hours, 56 minutes and 25.8637 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2014 Q1 (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/2014 Q1 (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/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Mon Jul 20 2015 at a distance of 1.18331960 Astronomical Units, or 177,022,092 kilometers:

Mon Jul 20 2015
177,022,092
1.183320

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

Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) is 23.62.

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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/2014 Q1 (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/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

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The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2014 Q1 (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/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 19 February 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457073.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99972148
Orbit inclination i 43.10684767°
Perihelion distance q 0.31457044 AU
47,059,068 km
Aphelion distance Q 2,258.57807026 AU
337,878,470,798 km
Semi-major axis a 1,129.44632035 AU
168,962,764,933 km
Orbital period period 37,958.2900 years
13,864,263.9885 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2015-Jul-06 12:15:55
2,457,210.0111 JD
Next perihelion transit 39974-Jul-30 11:59
16,321,473.9996 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 120.05029824997°
Longitude of the ascending node node 8.762481830126°
Mean anomaly M 359.99645534861°
Mean motion n 0.00002597°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2014 Q1 (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/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2014 Q1 (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/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Sep 14 20h 31m 09s -63° 52’ 41” 23.60 Pavo
2019 Sep 15 20h 30m 46s -63° 50’ 49” 23.60 Pavo
2019 Sep 16 20h 30m 24s -63° 48’ 56” 23.60 Pavo
2019 Sep 17 20h 30m 02s -63° 46’ 59” 23.61 Pavo
2019 Sep 18 20h 29m 40s -63° 45’ 01” 23.61 Pavo
2019 Sep 19 20h 29m 20s -63° 43’ 00” 23.62 Pavo
2019 Sep 20 20h 28m 59s -63° 40’ 55” 23.62 Pavo
2019 Sep 21 20h 28m 40s -63° 38’ 49” 23.62 Pavo
2019 Sep 22 20h 28m 21s -63° 36’ 42” 23.63 Pavo
2019 Sep 23 20h 28m 03s -63° 34’ 32” 23.63 Pavo
2019 Sep 24 20h 27m 44s -63° 32’ 18” 23.64 Pavo
2019 Sep 25 20h 27m 28s -63° 30’ 03” 23.64 Pavo
2019 Sep 26 20h 27m 11s -63° 27’ 47” 23.64 Pavo
2019 Sep 27 20h 26m 56s -63° 25’ 28” 23.65 Pavo