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Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) Position

Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Columba. The current Right Ascension is 05h 43m 20s and the Declination is -29° 04’ 49”.

05h 43m 20s
-29° 04’ 49”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) in Columba on January, 25 2020
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 05h 43m 20s
Dec: -29° 04’ 49”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS)
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 792,970,376 kilometers, equivalent to 5.300680 Astronomical Units. Light takes 44 minutes and 5.0645 seconds to travel from Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

44 minutes and 5.0645 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Distance of Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Mon Jun 25 2018 at a distance of 1.28876756 Astronomical Units, or 192,796,883 kilometers:

Mon Jun 25 2018

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) is 17.09.


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 behavior 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.

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 2100

Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 119.1°
Max altitude: 9.5°
Azimuth: 240.8°
Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 19 October 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458046.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99895922
Orbit inclination i 90.99335392°
Perihelion distance q 2.21052391 AU
330,689,671 km
Aphelion distance Q 4,245.59697861 AU
635,132,269,124 km
Semi-major axis a 2,123.90375126 AU
317,731,479,398 km
Orbital period period 97,883.7200 years
35,752,027.4280 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Aug-10 04:32:51
2,458,340.6895 JD
Next perihelion transit 99904-May-02 14:49
38,210,368.1175 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 209.82713079475°
Longitude of the ascending node node 92.204319714584°
Mean anomaly M 359.99703770049°
Mean motion n 0.00001007°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) Orbit

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) 15 Days 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
2020 Jan 18 05h 48m 37s -30° 19’ 32” 17.01 Columba
2020 Jan 19 05h 47m 53s -30° 10’ 17” 17.02 Columba
2020 Jan 20 05h 47m 11s -30° 00’ 54” 17.03 Columba
2020 Jan 21 05h 46m 28s -29° 51’ 24” 17.04 Columba
2020 Jan 22 05h 45m 47s -29° 41’ 48” 17.05 Columba
2020 Jan 23 05h 45m 07s -29° 32’ 08” 17.06 Columba
2020 Jan 24 05h 44m 27s -29° 22’ 20” 17.07 Columba
2020 Jan 25 05h 43m 50s -29° 12’ 28” 17.08 Columba
2020 Jan 26 05h 43m 11s -29° 02’ 30” 17.09 Columba
2020 Jan 27 05h 42m 36s -28° 52’ 28” 17.10 Columba
2020 Jan 28 05h 42m 00s -28° 42’ 21” 17.11 Columba
2020 Jan 29 05h 41m 25s -28° 32’ 09” 17.12 Columba
2020 Jan 30 05h 40m 50s -28° 21’ 55” 17.13 Columba
2020 Jan 31 05h 40m 18s -28° 11’ 35” 17.14 Columba