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Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2016 A1 (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/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) in Cancer on December, 12 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
09h 04m 27s
+29° 26’ 14”
16.53
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 60.6°
Max altitude: 68.0°
Azimuth: 299.4°

Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2016 A1 (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/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2016 A1 (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/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Dec 05 16.57 09h 08m 51s +28° 04’ 14” Cancer
2017 Dec 06 16.57 09h 08m 17s +28° 15’ 42” Cancer
2017 Dec 07 16.56 09h 07m 41s +28° 27’ 14” Cancer
2017 Dec 08 16.55 09h 07m 05s +28° 38’ 52” Cancer
2017 Dec 09 16.55 09h 06m 26s +28° 50’ 35” Cancer
2017 Dec 10 16.54 09h 05m 48s +29° 02’ 22” Cancer
2017 Dec 11 16.53 09h 05m 08s +29° 14’ 17” Cancer
2017 Dec 12 16.53 09h 04m 27s +29° 26’ 14” Cancer
2017 Dec 13 16.52 09h 03m 43s +29° 38’ 17” Cancer
2017 Dec 14 16.52 09h 03m 01s +29° 50’ 25” Cancer
2017 Dec 15 16.51 09h 02m 16s +30° 02’ 35” Cancer
2017 Dec 16 16.50 09h 01m 30s +30° 14’ 52” Cancer
2017 Dec 17 16.50 09h 00m 42s +30° 27’ 10” Cancer
2017 Dec 18 16.49 08h 59m 53s +30° 39’ 33” Cancer

Distance of Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2016 A1 (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/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2016 A1 (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/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 14 January 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457768.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00166959
Orbit inclination i 121.18034656°
Perihelion distance q 5.32819286 AU
797,086,308 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Nov-23 04:59:01
2,458,080.7077 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 10.29918933611°
Longitude of the ascending node node 128.17476867789°
Mean anomaly M -0.0017068322949583°
Mean motion n 0.00000547°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2018-Jan-17
Distance of closest approach* 4.39702477 AU
657,785,545 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.