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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 Puppis. The current Right Ascension is 06h 34m 33s and the Declination is -46° 58’ 53”.

06h 34m 33s
-46° 58’ 53”

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 fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) in Puppis on October, 21 2019
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Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 06h 34m 33s
Dec: -46° 58’ 53”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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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 754,993,359 kilometers, equivalent to 5.046819 Astronomical Units. Light takes 41 minutes and 58.3868 seconds to travel from Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

41 minutes and 58.3868 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 2.36660661 Astronomical Units, or 354,039,310 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 17.68.


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 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, 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 N6 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 21 January 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458140.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99864244
Orbit inclination i 105.83038213°
Perihelion distance q 2.66912125 AU
399,294,856 km
Aphelion distance Q 3,929.56497996 AU
587,854,554,958 km
Semi-major axis a 1,966.11705060 AU
294,126,924,907 km
Orbital period period 87,181.0800 years
31,842,890.3327 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Jul-18 04:54:08
2,458,317.7043 JD
Next perihelion transit 89201-Jun-01 12:53
34,301,208.0369 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 162.803100391°
Longitude of the ascending node node 298.97773533454°
Mean anomaly M 359.99799661606°
Mean motion n 0.00001131°/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
2019 Oct 14 06h 38m 56s -45° 13’ 35” 17.63 Puppis
2019 Oct 15 06h 38m 22s -45° 28’ 44” 17.64 Puppis
2019 Oct 16 06h 37m 49s -45° 43’ 49” 17.64 Puppis
2019 Oct 17 06h 37m 13s -45° 58’ 50” 17.65 Puppis
2019 Oct 18 06h 36m 36s -46° 13’ 47” 17.66 Puppis
2019 Oct 19 06h 35m 57s -46° 28’ 41” 17.66 Puppis
2019 Oct 20 06h 35m 17s -46° 43’ 28” 17.67 Puppis
2019 Oct 21 06h 34m 36s -46° 58’ 11” 17.68 Puppis
2019 Oct 22 06h 33m 51s -47° 12’ 50” 17.68 Puppis
2019 Oct 23 06h 33m 07s -47° 27’ 21” 17.69 Puppis
2019 Oct 24 06h 32m 21s -47° 41’ 48” 17.70 Puppis
2019 Oct 25 06h 31m 33s -47° 56’ 08” 17.70 Puppis
2019 Oct 26 06h 30m 45s -48° 10’ 22” 17.71 Puppis
2019 Oct 27 06h 29m 54s -48° 24’ 29” 17.72 Puppis