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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 Circinus on October, 16 2018
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
14h 35m 56s
-64° 40’ 27”

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 Oct 09 14h 31m 00s -63° 14’ 45” 12.87 Centaurus
2018 Oct 10 14h 31m 36s -63° 25’ 58” 12.88 Centaurus
2018 Oct 11 14h 32m 13s -63° 37’ 21” 12.90 Centaurus
2018 Oct 12 14h 32m 53s -63° 48’ 55” 12.91 Centaurus
2018 Oct 13 14h 33m 33s -64° 00’ 38” 12.92 Centaurus
2018 Oct 14 14h 34m 14s -64° 12’ 33” 12.93 Centaurus
2018 Oct 15 14h 34m 58s -64° 24’ 38” 12.95 Centaurus
2018 Oct 16 14h 35m 43s -64° 36’ 53” 12.96 Circinus
2018 Oct 17 14h 36m 29s -64° 49’ 18” 12.97 Circinus
2018 Oct 18 14h 37m 15s -65° 01’ 55” 12.98 Circinus
2018 Oct 19 14h 38m 04s -65° 14’ 42” 13.00 Circinus
2018 Oct 20 14h 38m 54s -65° 27’ 38” 13.01 Circinus
2018 Oct 21 14h 39m 47s -65° 40’ 46” 13.02 Circinus
2018 Oct 22 14h 40m 39s -65° 54’ 03” 13.03 Circinus

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 29 July 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457964.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99889754
Orbit inclination i 90.99371897°
Perihelion distance q 2.21058887 AU
330,699,388 km
Aphelion distance Q 4,008.08560212 AU
599,601,072,862 km
Semi-major axis a 2,005.14809549 AU
299,965,886,125 km
Orbital period period 89,789.9800 years
32,795,790.8440 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Aug-10 04:50:25
2,458,340.7017 JD
Next perihelion transit 91810-Jun-08 01:05
35,254,131.5457 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 209.82709764011°
Longitude of the ascending node node 92.203783095141°
Mean anomaly M 359.99587042725°
Mean motion n 0.00001098°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2018-Jun-25
Distance of closest approach* 1.28877153 AU
192,797,477 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.