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Comet C/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet C/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS) is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.

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Comet C/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS) in Ophiucus on January, 23 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
17h 00m 23s
-29° 49’ 17”
19.79
 = 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 W2 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet C/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 119.8°
Max altitude: 8.7°
Azimuth: 240.2°

Comet C/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2014 W2 (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 W2 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet C/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2014 W2 (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 W2 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Jan 16 19.77 16h 57m 20s -29° 21’ 43” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 17 19.78 16h 57m 47s -29° 25’ 40” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 18 19.78 16h 58m 14s -29° 29’ 35” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 19 19.78 16h 58m 41s -29° 33’ 32” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 20 19.78 16h 59m 07s -29° 37’ 27” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 21 19.79 16h 59m 32s -29° 41’ 24” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 22 19.79 16h 59m 57s -29° 45’ 20” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 23 19.79 17h 00m 23s -29° 49’ 17” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 24 19.80 17h 00m 47s -29° 53’ 13” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 25 19.80 17h 01m 10s -29° 57’ 11” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 26 19.80 17h 01m 33s -30° 01’ 08” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 27 19.80 17h 01m 56s -30° 05’ 04” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 28 19.80 17h 02m 20s -30° 09’ 02” Ophiucus
2018 Jan 29 19.81 17h 02m 42s -30° 12’ 59” Scorpius

Distance of Comet C/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2014 W2 (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/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet C/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2014 W2 (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 W2 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet C/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 15 February 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457434.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99831654
Orbit inclination i 81.99855614°
Perihelion distance q 2.67018789 AU
399,454,424 km
Aphelion distance Q 3,169.59054798 AU
474,163,997,920 km
Semi-major axis a 1,586.13036794 AU
237,281,726,172 km
Orbital period period 63,170.8200 years
23,073,142.4385 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Mar-10 11:35:47
2,457,457.9832 JD
Next perihelion transit 65188-Apr-22 22:07
25,530,600.4217 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 85.009437574937°
Longitude of the ascending node node 69.962767559602°
Mean anomaly M 359.99963360231°
Mean motion n 0.00001560°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2015-Dec-08
Distance of closest approach* 2.43085769 AU
363,651,136 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.