Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS)
Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS) Position
Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)
Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS) is right now (view fullscreen)
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Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS) Distance
The distance of Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 922,704,025 kilometers, equivalent to 6.167895 Astronomical Units. Light takes 51 minutes and 17.8093 seconds to travel from Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS) from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.
The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS) to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Tue Mar 11 2059 at a distance of 3.73764564 Astronomical Units, or 559,143,831 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS) brightness
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.
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) rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS) touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.
Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||4.78951301 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2017-Apr-13 12:47:48
|Next perihelion transit||2038-Sep-23 20:18
|Argument of perihelion||peri||338.46455529068°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||187.79438972323°|
Visualization of Comet C/2016 A3 (PANSTARRS) Orbit
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) 15 Days 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.
|2019 Aug 16||15h 39m 02s||-11° 56’ 44”||21.65||Libra|
|2019 Aug 17||15h 39m 16s||-11° 58’ 28”||21.66||Libra|
|2019 Aug 18||15h 39m 32s||-12° 00’ 14”||21.66||Libra|
|2019 Aug 19||15h 39m 48s||-12° 01’ 59”||21.67||Libra|
|2019 Aug 20||15h 40m 05s||-12° 03’ 47”||21.68||Libra|
|2019 Aug 21||15h 40m 23s||-12° 05’ 38”||21.69||Libra|
|2019 Aug 22||15h 40m 40s||-12° 07’ 28”||21.70||Libra|
|2019 Aug 23||15h 40m 59s||-12° 09’ 20”||21.71||Libra|
|2019 Aug 24||15h 41m 17s||-12° 11’ 15”||21.72||Libra|
|2019 Aug 25||15h 41m 36s||-12° 13’ 09”||21.73||Libra|
|2019 Aug 26||15h 41m 57s||-12° 15’ 06”||21.74||Libra|
|2019 Aug 27||15h 42m 18s||-12° 17’ 03”||21.75||Libra|
|2019 Aug 28||15h 42m 38s||-12° 19’ 03”||21.76||Libra|
|2019 Aug 29||15h 43m 00s||-12° 21’ 03”||21.76||Libra|