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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 Indus. The current Right Ascension is 21h 06m 13s and the Declination is -58° 21’ 01”.

21h 06m 13s
-58° 21’ 01”

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 full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) in Indus on February, 19 2020
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 21h 06m 13s
Dec: -58° 21’ 01”
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 2,380,280,340 kilometers, equivalent to 15.911191 Astronomical Units. Light takes 2 hours, 12 minutes and 19.7606 seconds to travel from Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

2 hours, 12 minutes and 19.7606 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 1.18331964 Astronomical Units, or 177,022,100 kilometers:

Mon Jul 20 2015

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 24.10.


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/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

Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2014 Q1 (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/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
2020 Feb 12 21h 02m 44s -58° 23’ 26” 24.09 Indus
2020 Feb 13 21h 03m 12s -58° 22’ 59” 24.09 Indus
2020 Feb 14 21h 03m 41s -58° 22’ 35” 24.09 Indus
2020 Feb 15 21h 04m 09s -58° 22’ 13” 24.09 Indus
2020 Feb 16 21h 04m 36s -58° 21’ 52” 24.09 Indus
2020 Feb 17 21h 05m 04s -58° 21’ 34” 24.09 Indus
2020 Feb 18 21h 05m 33s -58° 21’ 19” 24.09 Indus
2020 Feb 19 21h 06m 01s -58° 21’ 06” 24.10 Indus
2020 Feb 20 21h 06m 28s -58° 20’ 56” 24.10 Indus
2020 Feb 21 21h 06m 56s -58° 20’ 47” 24.10 Indus
2020 Feb 22 21h 07m 23s -58° 20’ 40” 24.10 Indus
2020 Feb 23 21h 07m 50s -58° 20’ 38” 24.10 Indus
2020 Feb 24 21h 08m 17s -58° 20’ 36” 24.10 Indus
2020 Feb 25 21h 08m 44s -58° 20’ 38” 24.10 Indus