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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 Hydra on March, 27 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
08h 24m 52s
+03° 32’ 17”
16.72
 = 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: 86.5°
Max altitude: 42.1°
Azimuth: 273.5°

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 Mar 20 16.69 08h 28m 44s +02° 16’ 22” Hydra
2017 Mar 21 16.70 08h 28m 09s +02° 27’ 24” Hydra
2017 Mar 22 16.70 08h 27m 33s +02° 38’ 21” Hydra
2017 Mar 23 16.70 08h 26m 59s +02° 49’ 15” Hydra
2017 Mar 24 16.71 08h 26m 26s +03° 00’ 06” Hydra
2017 Mar 25 16.71 08h 25m 54s +03° 10’ 54” Hydra
2017 Mar 26 16.71 08h 25m 23s +03° 21’ 37” Hydra
2017 Mar 27 16.72 08h 24m 52s +03° 32’ 17” Hydra
2017 Mar 28 16.72 08h 24m 23s +03° 42’ 51” Hydra
2017 Mar 29 16.72 08h 23m 53s +03° 53’ 22” Hydra
2017 Mar 30 16.73 08h 23m 26s +04° 03’ 50” Hydra
2017 Mar 31 16.73 08h 22m 59s +04° 14’ 12” Hydra
2017 Apr 01 16.73 08h 22m 32s +04° 24’ 30” Hydra
2017 Apr 02 16.74 08h 22m 06s +04° 34’ 44” Hydra

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 January 2030

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 January 2030

Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 26 February 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457445.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00097021
Orbit inclination i 121.18712609°
Perihelion distance q 5.32981100 AU
797,328,379 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 02:57:22
2,458,080.6232 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 10.266634254048°
Longitude of the ascending node node 128.16886624192°
Mean anomaly M -0.0015374276688226°
Mean motion n 0.00000242°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2018-Jan-17
Distance of closest approach* 4.39713984 AU
657,802,759 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2030-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.