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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 Corona Australis on June, 21 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
18h 21m 08s
-39° 26’ 13”
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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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Jun 14 11.35 18h 44m 48s -34° 01’ 01” Sagittarius
2018 Jun 15 11.34 18h 41m 44s -34° 47’ 49” Sagittarius
2018 Jun 16 11.32 18h 38m 32s -35° 34’ 37” Sagittarius
2018 Jun 17 11.31 18h 35m 17s -36° 21’ 24” Sagittarius
2018 Jun 18 11.30 18h 31m 54s -37° 08’ 00” Corona Australis
2018 Jun 19 11.29 18h 28m 24s -37° 54’ 24” Corona Australis
2018 Jun 20 11.28 18h 24m 50s -38° 40’ 32” Corona Australis
2018 Jun 21 11.27 18h 21m 08s -39° 26’ 13” Corona Australis
2018 Jun 22 11.26 18h 17m 21s -40° 11’ 29” Corona Australis
2018 Jun 23 11.26 18h 13m 27s -40° 56’ 11” Corona Australis
2018 Jun 24 11.25 18h 09m 29s -41° 40’ 14” Corona Australis
2018 Jun 25 11.25 18h 05m 25s -42° 23’ 35” Corona Australis
2018 Jun 26 11.25 18h 01m 14s -43° 06’ 07” Corona Australis
2018 Jun 27 11.24 17h 56m 58s -43° 47’ 48” Scorpius

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
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.