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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.

More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Comet C/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS) in Scorpius on January, 17 2019
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
16h 54m 13s
-41° 34’ 42”
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21.65
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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.

Comet C/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times

Comet C/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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)
View Comet C/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS) in the 3D Solar System Simulator

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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Jan 10 16h 51m 05s -41° 09’ 47” 21.63 Scorpius
2019 Jan 11 16h 51m 29s -41° 12’ 56” 21.63 Scorpius
2019 Jan 12 16h 51m 55s -41° 16’ 06” 21.64 Scorpius
2019 Jan 13 16h 52m 19s -41° 19’ 18” 21.64 Scorpius
2019 Jan 14 16h 52m 44s -41° 22’ 31” 21.64 Scorpius
2019 Jan 15 16h 53m 08s -41° 25’ 44” 21.64 Scorpius
2019 Jan 16 16h 53m 31s -41° 28’ 58” 21.64 Scorpius
2019 Jan 17 16h 53m 56s -41° 32’ 12” 21.65 Scorpius
2019 Jan 18 16h 54m 19s -41° 35’ 29” 21.65 Scorpius
2019 Jan 19 16h 54m 42s -41° 38’ 45” 21.65 Scorpius
2019 Jan 20 16h 55m 05s -41° 42’ 02” 21.65 Scorpius
2019 Jan 21 16h 55m 27s -41° 45’ 21” 21.65 Scorpius
2019 Jan 22 16h 55m 49s -41° 48’ 41” 21.66 Scorpius
2019 Jan 23 16h 56m 09s -41° 52’ 01” 21.66 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 0.99831656
Orbit inclination i 81.99855616°
Perihelion distance q 2.67018792 AU
399,454,428 km
Aphelion distance Q 3,169.62025500 AU
474,168,442,026 km
Semi-major axis a 1,586.14522146 AU
237,283,948,227 km
Orbital period period 63,171.7100 years
23,073,466.5463 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Mar-10 11:35:46
2,457,457.9832 JD
Next perihelion transit 65189-Mar-13 00:42
25,530,924.5295 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 85.009437383393°
Longitude of the ascending node node 69.962767557475°
Mean anomaly M 359.99963360747°
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.