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Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.

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Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) in Hercules on September, 22 2017
17h 04m 14s
+31° 52’ 50”
 = 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 M1 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 58.1°
Max altitude: 70.4°
Azimuth: 301.9°

Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2016 M1 (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 M1 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2016 M1 (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 M1 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Sep 15 15.46 17h 03m 14s +34° 04’ 36” Hercules
2017 Sep 16 15.45 17h 03m 19s +33° 45’ 42” Hercules
2017 Sep 17 15.45 17h 03m 25s +33° 26’ 49” Hercules
2017 Sep 18 15.44 17h 03m 33s +33° 07’ 59” Hercules
2017 Sep 19 15.44 17h 03m 42s +32° 49’ 09” Hercules
2017 Sep 20 15.43 17h 03m 51s +32° 30’ 20” Hercules
2017 Sep 21 15.42 17h 04m 01s +32° 11’ 35” Hercules
2017 Sep 22 15.42 17h 04m 14s +31° 52’ 50” Hercules
2017 Sep 23 15.41 17h 04m 26s +31° 34’ 08” Hercules
2017 Sep 24 15.41 17h 04m 40s +31° 15’ 29” Hercules
2017 Sep 25 15.40 17h 04m 54s +30° 56’ 52” Hercules
2017 Sep 26 15.39 17h 05m 09s +30° 38’ 17” Hercules
2017 Sep 27 15.39 17h 05m 26s +30° 19’ 46” Hercules
2017 Sep 28 15.38 17h 05m 44s +30° 01’ 19” Hercules

Distance of Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2016 M1 (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.

Distance of Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2016 M1 (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 M1 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 13 January 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457767.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99880270
Orbit inclination i 90.99695657°
Perihelion distance q 2.21089140 AU
330,744,647 km
Aphelion distance Q 3,690.92178059 AU
552,154,040,404 km
Semi-major axis a 1,846.56633600 AU
276,242,392,525 km
Orbital period period 79,351.5800 years
28,983,164.2250 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Aug-10 05:43:49
2,458,340.7388 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 209.82348698777°
Longitude of the ascending node node 92.194154437629°
Mean anomaly M 359.99287979891°
Mean motion n 0.00001242°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2018-Jun-25
Distance of closest approach* 1.28878331 AU
192,799,240 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.