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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 Puppis. The current Right Ascension is 06h 41m 06s and the Declination is -34° 34’ 21”.

06h 41m 06s
-34° 34’ 21”

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 Puppis on November, 21 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 41m 06s
Dec: -34° 34’ 21”
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 726,576,691 kilometers, equivalent to 4.856865 Astronomical Units. Light takes 40 minutes and 23.5990 seconds to travel from Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

40 minutes and 23.5990 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 1.28876780 Astronomical Units, or 192,796,919 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 16.70.


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: 124.6°
Max altitude: 4.0°
Azimuth: 235.4°
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 24 September 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458021.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99893802
Orbit inclination i 90.99348590°
Perihelion distance q 2.21053668 AU
330,691,581 km
Aphelion distance Q 4,160.85665671 AU
622,455,297,381 km
Semi-major axis a 2,081.53359670 AU
311,392,994,481 km
Orbital period period 94,969.3200 years
34,687,545.0332 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Aug-10 04:38:04
2,458,340.6931 JD
Next perihelion transit 96989-Nov-17 05:25
37,145,885.7263 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 209.82730396568°
Longitude of the ascending node node 92.204134153687°
Mean anomaly M 359.99668729744°
Mean motion n 0.00001038°/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 Nov 14 06h 47m 09s -34° 23’ 17” 16.67 Puppis
2019 Nov 15 06h 46m 24s -34° 25’ 14” 16.67 Puppis
2019 Nov 16 06h 45m 38s -34° 27’ 02” 16.68 Puppis
2019 Nov 17 06h 44m 52s -34° 28’ 41” 16.68 Puppis
2019 Nov 18 06h 44m 04s -34° 30’ 11” 16.68 Puppis
2019 Nov 19 06h 43m 17s -34° 31’ 33” 16.69 Puppis
2019 Nov 20 06h 42m 28s -34° 32’ 45” 16.69 Puppis
2019 Nov 21 06h 41m 38s -34° 33’ 47” 16.70 Puppis
2019 Nov 22 06h 40m 46s -34° 34’ 41” 16.70 Puppis
2019 Nov 23 06h 39m 56s -34° 35’ 24” 16.71 Puppis
2019 Nov 24 06h 39m 05s -34° 35’ 57” 16.71 Columba
2019 Nov 25 06h 38m 12s -34° 36’ 20” 16.72 Columba
2019 Nov 26 06h 37m 18s -34° 36’ 32” 16.72 Columba
2019 Nov 27 06h 36m 24s -34° 36’ 33” 16.73 Columba