Comet C/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS)
Comet C/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS) Position
Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)
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Comet C/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS) Distance
The distance of Comet C/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 1,378,737,427 kilometers, equivalent to 9.216290 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 16 minutes and 38.9730 seconds to travel from Comet C/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2015 B1 (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.
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/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet C/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS) to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Sat Apr 1 2045 at a distance of 5.03062776 Astronomical Units, or 752,571,202 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet C/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS) brightness
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/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) rise and set times
Comet C/2015 B1 (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/2015 B1 (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/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements
|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°|
Visualization of Comet C/2015 B1 (PANSTARRS) Orbit
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) 15 Days 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.
|2020 Feb 12||19h 06m 39s||-38° 39’ 23”||22.87||Corona Australis|
|2020 Feb 13||19h 07m 15s||-38° 39’ 26”||22.86||Corona Australis|
|2020 Feb 14||19h 07m 53s||-38° 39’ 30”||22.86||Corona Australis|
|2020 Feb 15||19h 08m 29s||-38° 39’ 37”||22.86||Corona Australis|
|2020 Feb 16||19h 09m 03s||-38° 39’ 43”||22.86||Corona Australis|
|2020 Feb 17||19h 09m 39s||-38° 39’ 52”||22.86||Corona Australis|
|2020 Feb 18||19h 10m 14s||-38° 40’ 02”||22.86||Corona Australis|
|2020 Feb 19||19h 10m 50s||-38° 40’ 14”||22.86||Corona Australis|
|2020 Feb 20||19h 11m 24s||-38° 40’ 26”||22.86||Corona Australis|
|2020 Feb 21||19h 11m 57s||-38° 40’ 40”||22.86||Corona Australis|
|2020 Feb 22||19h 12m 32s||-38° 40’ 54”||22.86||Corona Australis|
|2020 Feb 23||19h 13m 05s||-38° 41’ 11”||22.86||Corona Australis|
|2020 Feb 24||19h 13m 38s||-38° 41’ 29”||22.85||Corona Australis|
|2020 Feb 25||19h 14m 12s||-38° 41’ 48”||22.85||Corona Australis|