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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.

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 M1 (PANSTARRS) in Apus on December, 15 2018
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
16h 39m 55s
-81° 53’ 35”

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 M1 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times

Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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)
View Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) in the 3D Solar System Simulator

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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Dec 08 16h 05m 21s -79° 25’ 36” 13.49 Apus
2018 Dec 09 16h 09m 16s -79° 46’ 13” 13.50 Apus
2018 Dec 10 16h 13m 27s -80° 06’ 52” 13.50 Apus
2018 Dec 11 16h 17m 53s -80° 27’ 34” 13.51 Apus
2018 Dec 12 16h 22m 36s -80° 48’ 19” 13.52 Apus
2018 Dec 13 16h 27m 41s -81° 09’ 02” 13.53 Apus
2018 Dec 14 16h 33m 06s -81° 29’ 44” 13.54 Apus
2018 Dec 15 16h 38m 57s -81° 50’ 25” 13.54 Apus
2018 Dec 16 16h 45m 15s -82° 10’ 59” 13.55 Apus
2018 Dec 17 16h 52m 06s -82° 31’ 24” 13.56 Apus
2018 Dec 18 16h 59m 34s -82° 51’ 41” 13.57 Octans
2018 Dec 19 17h 07m 42s -83° 11’ 43” 13.58 Octans
2018 Dec 20 17h 16m 38s -83° 31’ 27” 13.59 Octans
2018 Dec 21 17h 26m 29s -83° 50’ 48” 13.59 Octans

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. The value of the distance of C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

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 31 July 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457966.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99889497
Orbit inclination i 90.99372373°
Perihelion distance q 2.21057410 AU
330,697,179 km
Aphelion distance Q 3,998.72254263 AU
598,200,379,097 km
Semi-major axis a 2,000.46655836 AU
299,265,538,138 km
Orbital period period 89,475.7100 years
32,681,002.5189 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Aug-10 04:50:20
2,458,340.7016 JD
Next perihelion transit 91496-Feb-25 17:17
35,139,343.2205 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 209.82748323362°
Longitude of the ascending node node 92.20376763992°
Mean anomaly M 359.99587795437°
Mean motion n 0.00001102°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2018-Jun-25
Distance of closest approach* 1.28876660 AU
192,796,740 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.