Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS)
Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS) Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2016 A3 (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 A3 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times
Today's Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.
Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2016 A3 (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 A3 (PANSTARRS) Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2016 A3 (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 A3 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2018 Apr 12||19.67||13h 38m 20s||-06° 53’ 12”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 13||19.67||13h 37m 54s||-06° 49’ 36”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 14||19.67||13h 37m 28s||-06° 46’ 01”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 15||19.68||13h 37m 04s||-06° 42’ 26”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 16||19.68||13h 36m 38s||-06° 38’ 53”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 17||19.68||13h 36m 12s||-06° 35’ 20”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 18||19.68||13h 35m 48s||-06° 31’ 48”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 19||19.69||13h 35m 21s||-06° 28’ 17”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 20||19.69||13h 34m 56s||-06° 24’ 47”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 21||19.69||13h 34m 32s||-06° 21’ 19”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 22||19.70||13h 34m 06s||-06° 17’ 53”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 23||19.70||13h 33m 42s||-06° 14’ 27”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 24||19.71||13h 33m 17s||-06° 11’ 04”||Virgo|
|2018 Apr 25||19.71||13h 32m 53s||-06° 07’ 44”||Virgo|
Distance of Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS) from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2016 A3 (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 A3 (PANSTARRS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS)
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2016 A3 (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 A3 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 07 October 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457669.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||4.78964831 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2017-Apr-13 11:34:00
|Next perihelion transit||2038-Sep-07 14:59
|Argument of perihelion||peri||338.45290075412°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||187.79603028916°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2059-Mar-10|
|Distance of closest approach*||3.73791041 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.