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Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS)

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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) in Libra on December, 16 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
15h 23m 43s
-13° 43’ 09”

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 behvior 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.

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 Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 103.7°
Max altitude: 24.8°
Azimuth: 256.3°

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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS)
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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.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Dec 09 15h 17m 53s -13° 26’ 53” 21.12 Libra
2018 Dec 10 15h 18m 43s -13° 29’ 20” 21.12 Libra
2018 Dec 11 15h 19m 33s -13° 31’ 42” 21.12 Libra
2018 Dec 12 15h 20m 23s -13° 34’ 05” 21.12 Libra
2018 Dec 13 15h 21m 14s -13° 36’ 24” 21.12 Libra
2018 Dec 14 15h 22m 04s -13° 38’ 40” 21.12 Libra
2018 Dec 15 15h 22m 53s -13° 40’ 55” 21.12 Libra
2018 Dec 16 15h 23m 43s -13° 43’ 09” 21.12 Libra
2018 Dec 17 15h 24m 32s -13° 45’ 19” 21.12 Libra
2018 Dec 18 15h 25m 20s -13° 47’ 26” 21.12 Libra
2018 Dec 19 15h 26m 08s -13° 49’ 32” 21.12 Libra
2018 Dec 20 15h 26m 57s -13° 51’ 34” 21.12 Libra
2018 Dec 21 15h 27m 46s -13° 53’ 35” 21.12 Libra
2018 Dec 22 15h 28m 33s -13° 55’ 33” 21.12 Libra

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.

Distance of Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 10 January 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457764.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.37925515
Orbit inclination i 8.59397901°
Perihelion distance q 4.78956780 AU
716,509,145 km
Aphelion distance Q 10.64211170 AU
1,592,037,254 km
Semi-major axis a 7.71583975 AU
1,154,273,200 km
Orbital period period 21.4300 years
7,828.4039 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Apr-13 11:36:15
2,457,856.9835 JD
Next perihelion transit 2038-Sep-18 21:17
2,465,685.3874 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 338.45816259863°
Longitude of the ascending node node 187.79441222624°
Mean anomaly M 355.74701755302°
Mean motion n 0.04598639°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2059-Mar-10
Distance of closest approach* 3.73794143 AU
559,188,080 km

* 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.