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Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) Position

Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Dorado. The current Right Ascension is 04h 23m 23s and the Declination is -53° 52’ 52”.

04h 23m 23s
-53° 52’ 52”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) in Dorado on January, 27 2020
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 04h 23m 23s
Dec: -53° 52’ 52”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS)
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 876,451,001 kilometers, equivalent to 5.858713 Astronomical Units. Light takes 48 minutes and 43.5259 seconds to travel from Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

48 minutes and 43.5259 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2016 N6 (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 N6 (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 N6 (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 N6 (PANSTARRS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Mon Dec 24 2018 at a distance of 2.36660733 Astronomical Units, or 354,039,418 kilometers:

Mon Dec 24 2018

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) is 18.57.


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 behavior 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 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 2100

Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 25 January 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458144.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99864622
Orbit inclination i 105.83039617°
Perihelion distance q 2.66911936 AU
399,294,574 km
Aphelion distance Q 3,940.53373165 AU
589,495,456,859 km
Semi-major axis a 1,971.60142551 AU
294,947,375,716 km
Orbital period period 87,546.1200 years
31,976,219.1784 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Jul-18 04:54:00
2,458,317.7042 JD
Next perihelion transit 89566-Jun-17 09:10
34,434,536.8826 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 162.80313842195°
Longitude of the ascending node node 298.97770568955°
Mean anomaly M 359.99805000386°
Mean motion n 0.00001126°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) Orbit

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) 15 Days 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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Jan 20 04h 30m 47s -54° 37’ 46” 18.49 Dorado
2020 Jan 21 04h 29m 45s -54° 32’ 22” 18.50 Dorado
2020 Jan 22 04h 28m 45s -54° 26’ 50” 18.51 Dorado
2020 Jan 23 04h 27m 45s -54° 21’ 11” 18.52 Dorado
2020 Jan 24 04h 26m 47s -54° 15’ 25” 18.53 Dorado
2020 Jan 25 04h 25m 50s -54° 09’ 33” 18.54 Dorado
2020 Jan 26 04h 24m 56s -54° 03’ 34” 18.55 Dorado
2020 Jan 27 04h 24m 02s -53° 57’ 29” 18.56 Dorado
2020 Jan 28 04h 23m 11s -53° 51’ 20” 18.57 Dorado
2020 Jan 29 04h 22m 19s -53° 45’ 05” 18.59 Dorado
2020 Jan 30 04h 21m 32s -53° 38’ 44” 18.60 Dorado
2020 Jan 31 04h 20m 44s -53° 32’ 20” 18.61 Dorado
2020 Feb 01 04h 19m 59s -53° 25’ 50” 18.62 Dorado
2020 Feb 02 04h 19m 14s -53° 19’ 18” 18.63 Dorado