Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS)
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) 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.
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!
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.
|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.
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.
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
|Perihelion distance||q||5.32819286 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2017-Nov-23 04:59:01
|Argument of perihelion||peri||10.29918933611°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||128.17476867789°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2018-Jan-17|
|Distance of closest approach*||4.39702477 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.