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Comet C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS) is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.

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Comet C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS) in Corvus on September, 21 2017
12h 27m 30s
-20° 30’ 38”
 = 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/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 110.5°
Max altitude: 18.0°
Azimuth: 249.5°

Comet C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2014 S2 (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 S2 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2014 S2 (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 S2 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Sep 14 21.88 12h 23m 57s -19° 56’ 07” Corvus
2017 Sep 15 21.89 12h 24m 28s -20° 00’ 57” Corvus
2017 Sep 16 21.90 12h 24m 59s -20° 05’ 51” Corvus
2017 Sep 17 21.91 12h 25m 28s -20° 10’ 45” Corvus
2017 Sep 18 21.92 12h 25m 59s -20° 15’ 41” Corvus
2017 Sep 19 21.93 12h 26m 30s -20° 20’ 39” Corvus
2017 Sep 20 21.94 12h 26m 59s -20° 25’ 37” Corvus
2017 Sep 21 21.95 12h 27m 30s -20° 30’ 38” Corvus
2017 Sep 22 21.97 12h 28m 00s -20° 35’ 41” Corvus
2017 Sep 23 21.98 12h 28m 32s -20° 40’ 45” Corvus
2017 Sep 24 21.99 12h 29m 03s -20° 45’ 51” Corvus
2017 Sep 25 22.00 12h 29m 32s -20° 50’ 58” Corvus
2017 Sep 26 22.01 12h 30m 03s -20° 56’ 07” Corvus
2017 Sep 27 22.02 12h 30m 33s -21° 01’ 17” Corvus

Distance of Comet C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2014 S2 (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/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2014 S2 (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 S2 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 09 January 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457397.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.98762586
Orbit inclination i 64.67036993°
Perihelion distance q 2.10064268 AU
314,251,673 km
Aphelion distance Q 337.42086900 AU
50,477,443,634 km
Semi-major axis a 169.76075584 AU
25,395,847,653 km
Orbital period period 2,211.8900 years
807,893.9896 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2015-Dec-09 19:08:28
2,457,366.2975 JD
Next perihelion transit 4227-Nov-17 18:53
3,265,260.2872 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 87.806607062202°
Longitude of the ascending node node 8.1222441946338°
Mean anomaly M 0.013903905996528°
Mean motion n 0.00044560°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2016-Feb-27
Distance of closest approach* 1.82942695 AU
273,678,376 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.