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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 Reticulum on February, 23 2019
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
03h 32m 28s
-64° 40’ 08”

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
2019 Feb 16 03h 17m 48s -68° 13’ 06” 14.11 Hydrus
2019 Feb 17 03h 19m 51s -67° 44’ 36” 14.12 Hydrus
2019 Feb 18 03h 21m 52s -67° 16’ 09” 14.14 Hydrus
2019 Feb 19 03h 23m 53s -66° 47’ 43” 14.15 Reticulum
2019 Feb 20 03h 25m 50s -66° 19’ 19” 14.16 Reticulum
2019 Feb 21 03h 27m 46s -65° 50’ 59” 14.17 Reticulum
2019 Feb 22 03h 29m 39s -65° 22’ 42” 14.18 Reticulum
2019 Feb 23 03h 31m 32s -64° 54’ 29” 14.19 Reticulum
2019 Feb 24 03h 33m 21s -64° 26’ 21” 14.20 Reticulum
2019 Feb 25 03h 35m 11s -63° 58’ 15” 14.22 Reticulum
2019 Feb 26 03h 36m 59s -63° 30’ 15” 14.23 Reticulum
2019 Feb 27 03h 38m 45s -63° 02’ 21” 14.24 Reticulum
2019 Feb 28 03h 40m 31s -62° 34’ 31” 14.25 Reticulum
2019 Mar 01 03h 42m 15s -62° 06’ 47” 14.26 Reticulum

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.