Comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS)
Comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) Position
Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)
Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) is right now (view fullscreen)
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Comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) Distance
The distance of Comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 905,575,246 kilometers, equivalent to 6.053397 Astronomical Units. Light takes 50 minutes and 20.6739 seconds to travel from Comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2015 O1 (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 O1 (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 O1 (PANSTARRS) to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Thu Apr 5 2018 at a distance of 3.23320210 Astronomical Units, or 483,680,151 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet C/2015 O1 (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 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.
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2015 O1 (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 O1 (PANSTARRS) rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.
Comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||3.72964283 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2018-Feb-19 00:24:45
|Argument of perihelion||peri||89.590273920061°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||299.85378578559°|
Visualization of Comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2015 O1 (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 O1 (PANSTARRS) 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2015 O1 (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 O1 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2019 Nov 28||09h 10m 09s||+23° 39’ 38”||17.76||Cancer|
|2019 Nov 29||09h 09m 38s||+23° 39’ 41”||17.76||Cancer|
|2019 Nov 30||09h 09m 06s||+23° 39’ 45”||17.76||Cancer|
|2019 Dec 01||09h 08m 33s||+23° 39’ 51”||17.75||Cancer|
|2019 Dec 02||09h 07m 59s||+23° 39’ 59”||17.75||Cancer|
|2019 Dec 03||09h 07m 24s||+23° 40’ 09”||17.75||Cancer|
|2019 Dec 04||09h 06m 50s||+23° 40’ 19”||17.75||Cancer|
|2019 Dec 05||09h 06m 14s||+23° 40’ 32”||17.75||Cancer|
|2019 Dec 06||09h 05m 38s||+23° 40’ 47”||17.75||Cancer|
|2019 Dec 07||09h 05m 00s||+23° 41’ 03”||17.75||Cancer|
|2019 Dec 08||09h 04m 23s||+23° 41’ 21”||17.75||Cancer|
|2019 Dec 09||09h 03m 43s||+23° 41’ 39”||17.75||Cancer|
|2019 Dec 10||09h 03m 03s||+23° 41’ 58”||17.75||Cancer|
|2019 Dec 11||09h 02m 23s||+23° 42’ 20”||17.75||Cancer|