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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 Aquila on April, 23 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
19h 42m 11s
-07° 05’ 48”
 = 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: 97.1°
Max altitude: 31.4°
Azimuth: 262.9°

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
2018 Apr 16 12.67 19h 40m 59s -05° 27’ 00” Aquila
2018 Apr 17 12.65 19h 41m 12s -05° 40’ 05” Aquila
2018 Apr 18 12.62 19h 41m 26s -05° 53’ 30” Aquila
2018 Apr 19 12.59 19h 41m 38s -06° 07’ 14” Aquila
2018 Apr 20 12.56 19h 41m 48s -06° 21’ 20” Aquila
2018 Apr 21 12.53 19h 41m 57s -06° 35’ 47” Aquila
2018 Apr 22 12.50 19h 42m 05s -06° 50’ 36” Aquila
2018 Apr 23 12.47 19h 42m 11s -07° 05’ 48” Aquila
2018 Apr 24 12.44 19h 42m 15s -07° 21’ 25” Aquila
2018 Apr 25 12.41 19h 42m 19s -07° 37’ 26” Aquila
2018 Apr 26 12.38 19h 42m 20s -07° 53’ 52” Aquila
2018 Apr 27 12.35 19h 42m 20s -08° 10’ 45” Aquila
2018 Apr 28 12.32 19h 42m 16s -08° 28’ 04” Aquila
2018 Apr 29 12.29 19h 42m 12s -08° 45’ 50” Aquila

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 07 May 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457881.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99886248
Orbit inclination i 90.99472487°
Perihelion distance q 2.21075559 AU
330,724,330 km
Aphelion distance Q 3,884.76930923 AU
581,153,217,987 km
Semi-major axis a 1,943.49003241 AU
290,741,971,159 km
Orbital period period 85,680.4400 years
31,294,780.0313 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Aug-10 05:06:40
2,458,340.7130 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 209.82425010156°
Longitude of the ascending node node 92.201456946536°
Mean anomaly M 359.99471743626°
Mean motion n 0.00001150°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2018-Jun-25
Distance of closest approach* 1.28876600 AU
192,796,650 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.