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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 Canis Majoris. The current Right Ascension is 06h 55m 26s and the Declination is -29° 05’ 50”.

06h 55m 26s
-29° 05’ 50”

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 fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) in Canis Majoris on August, 23 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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

RA: 06h 55m 26s
Dec: -29° 05’ 50”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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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 741,976,808 kilometers, equivalent to 4.959809 Astronomical Units. Light takes 41 minutes and 14.9682 seconds to travel from Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

41 minutes and 14.9682 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 1.28876732 Astronomical Units, or 192,796,848 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 16.30.


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.

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: 9.4°
Azimuth: 240.9°
Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) is below 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, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere 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 02 September 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457999.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99892068
Orbit inclination i 90.99357719°
Perihelion distance q 2.21054644 AU
330,693,042 km
Aphelion distance Q 4,093.99022297 AU
612,452,221,252 km
Semi-major axis a 2,048.10038471 AU
306,391,457,147 km
Orbital period period 92,690.4700 years
33,855,192.3489 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Aug-10 04:42:54
2,458,340.6965 JD
Next perihelion transit 94710-Dec-23 13:05
36,313,533.0453 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 209.82750732802°
Longitude of the ascending node node 92.204006869366°
Mean anomaly M 359.99637187921°
Mean motion n 0.00001063°/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
2019 Aug 16 06h 51m 16s -28° 48’ 17” 16.25 Canis Majoris
2019 Aug 17 06h 51m 50s -28° 50’ 09” 16.25 Canis Majoris
2019 Aug 18 06h 52m 23s -28° 52’ 06” 16.26 Canis Majoris
2019 Aug 19 06h 52m 55s -28° 54’ 11” 16.27 Canis Majoris
2019 Aug 20 06h 53m 26s -28° 56’ 20” 16.27 Canis Majoris
2019 Aug 21 06h 53m 57s -28° 58’ 35” 16.28 Canis Majoris
2019 Aug 22 06h 54m 29s -29° 00’ 55” 16.28 Canis Majoris
2019 Aug 23 06h 54m 57s -29° 03’ 20” 16.29 Canis Majoris
2019 Aug 24 06h 55m 27s -29° 05’ 53” 16.30 Canis Majoris
2019 Aug 25 06h 55m 55s -29° 08’ 30” 16.30 Canis Majoris
2019 Aug 26 06h 56m 22s -29° 11’ 12” 16.31 Canis Majoris
2019 Aug 27 06h 56m 49s -29° 13’ 59” 16.32 Canis Majoris
2019 Aug 28 06h 57m 16s -29° 16’ 50” 16.32 Canis Majoris
2019 Aug 29 06h 57m 42s -29° 19’ 49” 16.33 Canis Majoris