Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS)
Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Cepheus. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) is 22h 42m 09s and the Declination is +68° 19’ 08” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) is 20.02 (JPL).
Summary of key facts about Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:
- C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the North-North-East direction at an altitude of 46° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) is visible only through long exposure photography.
- See also C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) rise and set times.
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Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
Also check out Where is Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 1,305,430,224 kilometers, equivalent to 8.726262 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 12 minutes and 34.4465 seconds to travel from Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.
The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Wed Jan 17 2018 at a distance of 4.396966 Astronomical Units, or 657,776,807 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) brightness
The observed magnitude and coma diameter values are derived from the Comet Observers Database by averaging the values reported in recent observations (more recent than 4 days), when available. The Estimated Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of comets. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Estimated Magnitude as a directional indication. We acknowledge with thanks the comet observations from the COBS Comet Observation Database contributed by observers worldwide and used in this table to report recent comet observations.
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) rise and set times
Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) is circumpolar and transits at 20:15 UTC (altitude: 73.2°)
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.
Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||5.32776220 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2017-Nov-23 08:53:10
|Argument of perihelion||peri||10.319991502657°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||128.17444608277°|
Visualization of Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) Orbit
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) 15 Days 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.
|2020 Oct 20||22h 49m 04s||+69° 18’ 21”||19.99||Cepheus|
|2020 Oct 21||22h 48m 03s||+69° 10’ 49”||20.00||Cepheus|
|2020 Oct 22||22h 47m 06s||+69° 03’ 11”||20.00||Cepheus|
|2020 Oct 23||22h 46m 09s||+68° 55’ 28”||20.00||Cepheus|
|2020 Oct 24||22h 45m 14s||+68° 47’ 42”||20.01||Cepheus|
|2020 Oct 25||22h 44m 20s||+68° 39’ 50”||20.01||Cepheus|
|2020 Oct 26||22h 43m 27s||+68° 31’ 54”||20.01||Cepheus|
|2020 Oct 27||22h 42m 38s||+68° 23’ 53”||20.02||Cepheus|
|2020 Oct 28||22h 41m 48s||+68° 15’ 51”||20.02||Cepheus|
|2020 Oct 29||22h 41m 02s||+68° 07’ 42”||20.02||Cepheus|
|2020 Oct 30||22h 40m 17s||+67° 59’ 31”||20.03||Cepheus|
|2020 Oct 31||22h 39m 33s||+67° 51’ 18”||20.03||Cepheus|
|2020 Nov 01||22h 38m 49s||+67° 43’ 00”||20.04||Cepheus|
|2020 Nov 02||22h 38m 09s||+67° 34’ 41”||20.04||Cepheus|