Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS)
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) 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!
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.
|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.
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.
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
|Perihelion distance||q||2.21063150 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2018-Aug-10 04:59:42
|Next perihelion transit||88183-Jun-27 07:51
|Argument of perihelion||peri||209.8268613425°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||92.202999432353°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2018-Jun-25|
|Distance of closest approach*||1.28875217 AU
* 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.