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 21:29 UTC (altitude: 80.6°)
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 Feb 15||16.29||07h 48m 32s||+41° 19’ 18”||Lynx|
|2018 Feb 16||16.30||07h 47m 17s||+41° 26’ 02”||Lynx|
|2018 Feb 17||16.30||07h 46m 01s||+41° 32’ 35”||Lynx|
|2018 Feb 18||16.31||07h 44m 48s||+41° 38’ 57”||Lynx|
|2018 Feb 19||16.32||07h 43m 36s||+41° 45’ 10”||Lynx|
|2018 Feb 20||16.32||07h 42m 23s||+41° 51’ 12”||Lynx|
|2018 Feb 21||16.33||07h 41m 12s||+41° 57’ 06”||Lynx|
|2018 Feb 22||16.34||07h 40m 01s||+42° 02’ 48”||Lynx|
|2018 Feb 23||16.34||07h 38m 53s||+42° 08’ 22”||Lynx|
|2018 Feb 24||16.35||07h 37m 44s||+42° 13’ 47”||Lynx|
|2018 Feb 25||16.36||07h 36m 37s||+42° 19’ 03”||Lynx|
|2018 Feb 26||16.37||07h 35m 30s||+42° 24’ 09”||Lynx|
|2018 Feb 27||16.37||07h 34m 24s||+42° 29’ 07”||Lynx|
|2018 Feb 28||16.38||07h 33m 20s||+42° 33’ 56”||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 18 April 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457862.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||5.32791305 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2017-Nov-23 06:52:14
|Argument of perihelion||peri||10.309558703939°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||128.17461481358°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2018-Jan-17|
|Distance of closest approach*||4.39700529 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.