Comet C/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS)
Comet C/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS) Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2015 B1 (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/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times
Comet C/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Comet C/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2015 B1 (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!
Comet C/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS) Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2015 B1 (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/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2018 Apr 16||21.26||16h 32m 49s||-41° 22’ 54”||Scorpius|
|2018 Apr 17||21.26||16h 32m 34s||-41° 24’ 51”||Scorpius|
|2018 Apr 18||21.26||16h 32m 17s||-41° 26’ 45”||Scorpius|
|2018 Apr 19||21.25||16h 31m 59s||-41° 28’ 36”||Scorpius|
|2018 Apr 20||21.25||16h 31m 42s||-41° 30’ 24”||Scorpius|
|2018 Apr 21||21.25||16h 31m 23s||-41° 32’ 09”||Scorpius|
|2018 Apr 22||21.25||16h 31m 05s||-41° 33’ 51”||Scorpius|
|2018 Apr 23||21.25||16h 30m 46s||-41° 35’ 30”||Scorpius|
|2018 Apr 24||21.25||16h 30m 25s||-41° 37’ 05”||Scorpius|
|2018 Apr 25||21.24||16h 30m 05s||-41° 38’ 36”||Scorpius|
|2018 Apr 26||21.24||16h 29m 44s||-41° 40’ 05”||Scorpius|
|2018 Apr 27||21.24||16h 29m 22s||-41° 41’ 29”||Scorpius|
|2018 Apr 28||21.24||16h 29m 00s||-41° 42’ 51”||Scorpius|
|2018 Apr 29||21.24||16h 28m 37s||-41° 44’ 08”||Scorpius|
Distance of Comet C/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2015 B1 (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/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet C/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS)
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2015 B1 (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.
Comet C/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 12 March 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457094.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||5.97566722 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2015-Sep-19 15:36:29
|Next perihelion transit||2045-Oct-27 08:59
|Argument of perihelion||peri||188.26809514893°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||353.35578321299°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2045-Apr-01|
|Distance of closest approach*||5.03062771 AU
* 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.