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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 August, 17 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
14h 46m 25s
-57° 18’ 35”
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 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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)
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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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Aug 10 15h 00m 27s -56° 53’ 32” 11.87 Circinus
2018 Aug 11 14h 58m 14s -56° 57’ 11” 11.89 Circinus
2018 Aug 12 14h 56m 07s -57° 00’ 45” 11.91 Circinus
2018 Aug 13 14h 54m 05s -57° 04’ 14” 11.93 Circinus
2018 Aug 14 14h 52m 08s -57° 07’ 40” 11.95 Circinus
2018 Aug 15 14h 50m 16s -57° 11’ 03” 11.97 Circinus
2018 Aug 16 14h 48m 29s -57° 14’ 26” 11.99 Circinus
2018 Aug 17 14h 46m 46s -57° 17’ 50” 12.01 Circinus
2018 Aug 18 14h 45m 10s -57° 21’ 15” 12.03 Circinus
2018 Aug 19 14h 43m 37s -57° 24’ 41” 12.05 Circinus
2018 Aug 20 14h 42m 09s -57° 28’ 09” 12.07 Circinus
2018 Aug 21 14h 40m 45s -57° 31’ 41” 12.08 Centaurus
2018 Aug 22 14h 39m 25s -57° 35’ 17” 12.10 Centaurus
2018 Aug 23 14h 38m 11s -57° 38’ 58” 12.12 Centaurus

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 20 June 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457925.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99886680
Orbit inclination i 90.99409861°
Perihelion distance q 2.21063150 AU
330,705,766 km
Aphelion distance Q 3,899.35371000 AU
583,335,013,293 km
Semi-major axis a 1,950.78217075 AU
291,832,859,529 km
Orbital period period 86,163.1100 years
31,471,076.1196 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Aug-10 04:59:42
2,458,340.7081 JD
Next perihelion transit 88183-Jun-27 07:51
33,929,416.8278 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 209.8268613425°
Longitude of the ascending node node 92.202999432353°
Mean anomaly M 359.99525040303°
Mean motion n 0.00001144°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2018-Jun-25
Distance of closest approach* 1.28875217 AU
192,794,581 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.