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 Jun 17||17.16||08h 24m 42s||+13° 30’ 33”||Cancer|
|2017 Jun 18||17.16||08h 25m 05s||+13° 34’ 53”||Cancer|
|2017 Jun 19||17.16||08h 25m 27s||+13° 39’ 10”||Cancer|
|2017 Jun 20||17.17||08h 25m 50s||+13° 43’ 23”||Cancer|
|2017 Jun 21||17.17||08h 26m 13s||+13° 47’ 34”||Cancer|
|2017 Jun 22||17.17||08h 26m 36s||+13° 51’ 42”||Cancer|
|2017 Jun 23||17.17||08h 27m 01s||+13° 55’ 46”||Cancer|
|2017 Jun 24||17.17||08h 27m 25s||+13° 59’ 48”||Cancer|
|2017 Jun 25||17.18||08h 27m 50s||+14° 03’ 48”||Cancer|
|2017 Jun 26||17.18||08h 28m 14s||+14° 07’ 45”||Cancer|
|2017 Jun 27||17.18||08h 28m 40s||+14° 11’ 39”||Cancer|
|2017 Jun 28||17.18||08h 29m 04s||+14° 15’ 32”||Cancer|
|2017 Jun 29||17.18||08h 29m 30s||+14° 19’ 20”||Cancer|
|2017 Jun 30||17.18||08h 29m 57s||+14° 23’ 08”||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 30 December 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457753.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||5.32825664 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2017-Nov-23 04:36:47
|Argument of perihelion||peri||10.297108597018°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||128.17465094071°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2018-Jan-17|
|Distance of closest approach*||4.39703247 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.