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Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS)

Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Canis Majoris. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) is 06h 35m 41s and the Declination is -12° 44’ 35” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) is 18.76 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

06h 35m 41s
-12° 44’ 35”
Canis Majoris

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Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Map showing Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) in Canis Majoris on October, 28 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) in Canis Majoris on October, 28 2020
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 06h 35m 41s
Dec: -12° 44’ 35”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 1,128,363,251 kilometers, equivalent to 7.542642 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 2 minutes and 43.8147 seconds to travel from Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

1 hours, 2 minutes and 43.8147 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 1.288768 Astronomical Units, or 192,796,984 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 18.76.


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: 102.8°
Max altitude: 25.8°
Azimuth: 257.3°

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 11 December 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458099.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99900880
Orbit inclination i 90.99335268°
Perihelion distance q 2.21049259 AU
330,684,985 km
Aphelion distance Q 4,458.02902750 AU
666,911,651,370 km
Semi-major axis a 2,230.11976004 AU
333,621,168,178 km
Orbital period period 105,317.4900 years
38,467,211.5229 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Aug-10 04:23:18
2,458,340.6828 JD
Next perihelion transit 107338-Apr-03 16:56
40,925,552.2057 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 209.82698734051°
Longitude of the ascending node node 92.204337813532°
Mean anomaly M 359.99774286147°
Mean motion n 0.00000936°/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 Oct 21 06h 37m 32s -12° 30’ 43” 18.75 Canis Majoris
2020 Oct 22 06h 37m 19s -12° 32’ 40” 18.75 Canis Majoris
2020 Oct 23 06h 37m 06s -12° 34’ 36” 18.75 Canis Majoris
2020 Oct 24 06h 36m 51s -12° 36’ 29” 18.75 Canis Majoris
2020 Oct 25 06h 36m 38s -12° 38’ 20” 18.76 Canis Majoris
2020 Oct 26 06h 36m 23s -12° 40’ 09” 18.76 Canis Majoris
2020 Oct 27 06h 36m 06s -12° 41’ 56” 18.76 Canis Majoris
2020 Oct 28 06h 35m 49s -12° 43’ 40” 18.76 Canis Majoris
2020 Oct 29 06h 35m 34s -12° 45’ 21” 18.76 Canis Majoris
2020 Oct 30 06h 35m 16s -12° 47’ 00” 18.76 Canis Majoris
2020 Oct 31 06h 34m 58s -12° 48’ 38” 18.76 Canis Majoris
2020 Nov 01 06h 34m 40s -12° 50’ 12” 18.76 Canis Majoris
2020 Nov 02 06h 34m 20s -12° 51’ 42” 18.76 Canis Majoris
2020 Nov 03 06h 34m 01s -12° 53’ 12” 18.77 Canis Majoris