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
Comet C/2016 A1 (PANSTARRS) is circumpolar from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] and transits at 14:55 UTC (altitude: 84.0°)
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.
|2018 May 19||17.02||07h 09m 42s||+45° 17’ 17”||Lynx|
|2018 May 20||17.02||07h 10m 03s||+45° 18’ 47”||Lynx|
|2018 May 21||17.03||07h 10m 23s||+45° 20’ 17”||Lynx|
|2018 May 22||17.03||07h 10m 45s||+45° 21’ 51”||Lynx|
|2018 May 23||17.04||07h 11m 05s||+45° 23’ 25”||Lynx|
|2018 May 24||17.05||07h 11m 29s||+45° 25’ 00”||Lynx|
|2018 May 25||17.05||07h 11m 50s||+45° 26’ 35”||Lynx|
|2018 May 26||17.06||07h 12m 15s||+45° 28’ 14”||Lynx|
|2018 May 27||17.06||07h 12m 38s||+45° 29’ 53”||Lynx|
|2018 May 28||17.07||07h 13m 03s||+45° 31’ 32”||Lynx|
|2018 May 29||17.07||07h 13m 27s||+45° 33’ 15”||Lynx|
|2018 May 30||17.08||07h 13m 53s||+45° 34’ 58”||Lynx|
|2018 May 31||17.09||07h 14m 18s||+45° 36’ 42”||Lynx|
|2018 Jun 01||17.09||07h 14m 44s||+45° 38’ 29”||Lynx|
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 23 June 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457928.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||5.32782217 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2017-Nov-23 07:33:54
|Argument of perihelion||peri||10.313317901992°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||128.17430955944°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2018-Jan-17|
|Distance of closest approach*||4.39697728 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.