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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 February, 25 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
08h 45m 37s
-02° 05’ 13”
 = 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: 92.1°
Max altitude: 36.4°
Azimuth: 267.9°

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 Feb 18 16.67 08h 51m 42s -03° 24’ 05” Hydra
2017 Feb 19 16.67 08h 50m 49s -03° 12’ 57” Hydra
2017 Feb 20 16.67 08h 49m 56s -03° 01’ 46” Hydra
2017 Feb 21 16.67 08h 49m 04s -02° 50’ 32” Hydra
2017 Feb 22 16.67 08h 48m 11s -02° 39’ 16” Hydra
2017 Feb 23 16.67 08h 47m 18s -02° 27’ 57” Hydra
2017 Feb 24 16.67 08h 46m 27s -02° 16’ 36” Hydra
2017 Feb 25 16.67 08h 45m 37s -02° 05’ 13” Hydra
2017 Feb 26 16.66 08h 44m 45s -01° 53’ 48” Hydra
2017 Feb 27 16.66 08h 43m 55s -01° 42’ 23” Hydra
2017 Feb 28 16.66 08h 43m 05s -01° 30’ 56” Hydra
2017 Mar 01 16.66 08h 42m 16s -01° 19’ 27” Hydra
2017 Mar 02 16.66 08h 41m 27s -01° 07’ 59” Hydra
2017 Mar 03 16.67 08h 40m 40s -00° 56’ 29” 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.