Comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS)
Comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2015 O1 (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 O1 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times
Comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) is circumpolar from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] and transits at 20:12 UTC (altitude: 86.8°)
Comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram
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) 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.
|2018 May 21||14.62||12h 55m 05s||+55° 46’ 08”||Ursa Major|
|2018 May 22||14.63||12h 52m 28s||+55° 37’ 51”||Ursa Major|
|2018 May 23||14.64||12h 49m 56s||+55° 29’ 17”||Ursa Major|
|2018 May 24||14.65||12h 47m 29s||+55° 20’ 21”||Ursa Major|
|2018 May 25||14.66||12h 45m 03s||+55° 11’ 09”||Ursa Major|
|2018 May 26||14.67||12h 42m 42s||+55° 01’ 40”||Ursa Major|
|2018 May 27||14.69||12h 40m 24s||+54° 51’ 54”||Ursa Major|
|2018 May 28||14.70||12h 38m 11s||+54° 41’ 53”||Ursa Major|
|2018 May 29||14.71||12h 36m 01s||+54° 31’ 37”||Ursa Major|
|2018 May 30||14.72||12h 33m 53s||+54° 21’ 08”||Ursa Major|
|2018 May 31||14.73||12h 31m 50s||+54° 10’ 27”||Ursa Major|
|2018 Jun 01||14.74||12h 29m 49s||+53° 59’ 35”||Ursa Major|
|2018 Jun 02||14.75||12h 27m 53s||+53° 48’ 30”||Ursa Major|
|2018 Jun 03||14.76||12h 26m 00s||+53° 37’ 17”||Ursa Major|
Distance of Comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2015 O1 (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 O1 (PANSTARRS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS)
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) Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 06 July 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457941.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||3.72974034 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2018-Feb-18 23:34:19
|Next perihelion transit||2018-Feb-18 23:34
|Argument of perihelion||peri||89.579024225579°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||299.84805622697°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2018-Apr-05|
|Distance of closest approach*||3.23323252 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.