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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 Caelum on April, 21 2019
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
04h 57m 04s
-42° 03’ 28”

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.

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)
View Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) in the 3D Solar System Simulator

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
2019 Apr 14 04h 47m 26s -44° 23’ 15” 14.86 Caelum
2019 Apr 15 04h 48m 44s -44° 03’ 36” 14.87 Caelum
2019 Apr 16 04h 50m 04s -43° 44’ 11” 14.89 Caelum
2019 Apr 17 04h 51m 23s -43° 25’ 00” 14.90 Caelum
2019 Apr 18 04h 52m 41s -43° 06’ 02” 14.92 Caelum
2019 Apr 19 04h 54m 00s -42° 47’ 17” 14.93 Caelum
2019 Apr 20 04h 55m 18s -42° 28’ 46” 14.94 Caelum
2019 Apr 21 04h 56m 35s -42° 10’ 29” 14.96 Caelum
2019 Apr 22 04h 57m 51s -41° 52’ 26” 14.97 Caelum
2019 Apr 23 04h 59m 08s -41° 34’ 36” 14.99 Caelum
2019 Apr 24 05h 00m 25s -41° 16’ 59” 15.00 Caelum
2019 Apr 25 05h 01m 41s -40° 59’ 35” 15.02 Caelum
2019 Apr 26 05h 02m 58s -40° 42’ 27” 15.03 Caelum
2019 Apr 27 05h 04m 14s -40° 25’ 29” 15.04 Columba

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 2100

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 2100

Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 31 July 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457966.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99889497
Orbit inclination i 90.99372373°
Perihelion distance q 2.21057410 AU
330,697,179 km
Aphelion distance Q 3,998.72254263 AU
598,200,379,097 km
Semi-major axis a 2,000.46655836 AU
299,265,538,138 km
Orbital period period 89,475.7100 years
32,681,002.5189 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Aug-10 04:50:20
2,458,340.7016 JD
Next perihelion transit 91496-Feb-25 17:17
35,139,343.2205 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 209.82748323362°
Longitude of the ascending node node 92.20376763992°
Mean anomaly M 359.99587795437°
Mean motion n 0.00001102°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2018-Jun-25
Distance of closest approach* 1.28876660 AU
192,796,740 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2100-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.