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Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.

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Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) in Camelopardalis on April, 23 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
07h 50m 57s
+62° 57’ 55”
12.83
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times

Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) is circumpolar from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] and transits at 17:44 UTC (altitude: 78.5°)

Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2016 N6 (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 N6 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2016 N6 (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 N6 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Apr 16 12.82 07h 57m 19s +66° 33’ 16” Camelopardalis
2018 Apr 17 12.82 07h 56m 07s +66° 02’ 03” Camelopardalis
2018 Apr 18 12.82 07h 55m 00s +65° 30’ 57” Camelopardalis
2018 Apr 19 12.82 07h 54m 02s +65° 00’ 01” Camelopardalis
2018 Apr 20 12.82 07h 53m 08s +64° 29’ 13” Camelopardalis
2018 Apr 21 12.82 07h 52m 19s +63° 58’ 36” Camelopardalis
2018 Apr 22 12.82 07h 51m 36s +63° 28’ 09” Camelopardalis
2018 Apr 23 12.83 07h 50m 57s +62° 57’ 55” Camelopardalis
2018 Apr 24 12.83 07h 50m 22s +62° 27’ 51” Camelopardalis
2018 Apr 25 12.83 07h 49m 53s +61° 58’ 00” Camelopardalis
2018 Apr 26 12.83 07h 49m 27s +61° 28’ 22” Camelopardalis
2018 Apr 27 12.83 07h 49m 05s +60° 58’ 54” Camelopardalis
2018 Apr 28 12.83 07h 48m 44s +60° 29’ 41” Camelopardalis
2018 Apr 29 12.84 07h 48m 29s +60° 00’ 42” Camelopardalis

Distance of Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2016 N6 (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 N6 (PANSTARRS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2016 N6 (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 N6 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 07 July 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457942.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99848647
Orbit inclination i 105.83016371°
Perihelion distance q 2.66934646 AU
399,328,547 km
Aphelion distance Q 3,524.65378179 AU
527,280,701,767 km
Semi-major axis a 1,763.66156412 AU
263,840,015,157 km
Orbital period period 74,068.0800 years
27,053,365.6463 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Jul-18 05:12:55
2,458,317.7173 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 162.79938665296°
Longitude of the ascending node node 298.97890545773°
Mean anomaly M 359.99500697129°
Mean motion n 0.00001331°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2018-Dec-24
Distance of closest approach* 2.36661466 AU
354,040,515 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.