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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 February, 24 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
19h 09m 14s
+01° 40’ 46”
 = 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: 88.3°
Max altitude: 40.2°
Azimuth: 271.7°

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 Feb 17 14.24 19h 03m 02s +02° 24’ 56” Aquila
2018 Feb 18 14.22 19h 03m 56s +02° 18’ 37” Aquila
2018 Feb 19 14.21 19h 04m 50s +02° 12’ 19” Aquila
2018 Feb 20 14.19 19h 05m 43s +02° 06’ 01” Aquila
2018 Feb 21 14.17 19h 06m 35s +01° 59’ 43” Aquila
2018 Feb 22 14.15 19h 07m 28s +01° 53’ 23” Aquila
2018 Feb 23 14.13 19h 08m 21s +01° 47’ 05” Aquila
2018 Feb 24 14.12 19h 09m 14s +01° 40’ 46” Aquila
2018 Feb 25 14.10 19h 10m 05s +01° 34’ 27” Aquila
2018 Feb 26 14.08 19h 10m 57s +01° 28’ 05” Aquila
2018 Feb 27 14.06 19h 11m 48s +01° 21’ 43” Aquila
2018 Feb 28 14.04 19h 12m 38s +01° 15’ 20” Aquila
2018 Mar 01 14.02 19h 13m 28s +01° 08’ 57” Aquila
2018 Mar 02 14.00 19h 14m 18s +01° 02’ 30” 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 26 April 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457870.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99886361
Orbit inclination i 90.99495099°
Perihelion distance q 2.21079254 AU
330,729,857 km
Aphelion distance Q 3,888.70799696 AU
581,742,437,286 km
Semi-major axis a 1,945.45939475 AU
291,036,583,572 km
Orbital period period 85,810.7000 years
31,342,359.1573 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Aug-10 05:08:28
2,458,340.7142 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 209.82343956967°
Longitude of the ascending node node 92.200839827945°
Mean anomaly M 359.99459909452°
Mean motion n 0.00001149°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2018-Jun-25
Distance of closest approach* 1.28877393 AU
192,797,837 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.