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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 Horologium. The current Right Ascension is 04h 10m 24s and the Declination is -47° 13’ 55”.

04h 10m 24s
-47° 13’ 55”

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 Horologium on March, 29 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 10m 24s
Dec: -47° 13’ 55”
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 997,585,979 kilometers, equivalent to 6.668450 Astronomical Units. Light takes 55 minutes and 27.5886 seconds to travel from Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

55 minutes and 27.5886 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 2.36660756 Astronomical Units, or 354,039,453 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 19.27.


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 0.99864688
Orbit inclination i 105.83039954°
Perihelion distance q 2.66911925 AU
399,294,557 km
Aphelion distance Q 3,942.47089364 AU
589,785,252,168 km
Semi-major axis a 1,972.57000644 AU
295,092,273,363 km
Orbital period period 87,610.6400 years
31,999,785.3208 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Jul-18 04:54:00
2,458,317.7042 JD
Next perihelion transit 89630-Dec-24 12:35
34,458,103.0249 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 162.80313216874°
Longitude of the ascending node node 298.97771643736°
Mean anomaly M 359.99805143996°
Mean motion n 0.00001125°/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 Mar 22 04h 08m 40s -47° 53’ 31” 19.21 Horologium
2020 Mar 23 04h 08m 53s -47° 47’ 58” 19.22 Horologium
2020 Mar 24 04h 09m 05s -47° 42’ 29” 19.23 Horologium
2020 Mar 25 04h 09m 18s -47° 37’ 05” 19.24 Horologium
2020 Mar 26 04h 09m 32s -47° 31’ 46” 19.24 Horologium
2020 Mar 27 04h 09m 46s -47° 26’ 33” 19.25 Horologium
2020 Mar 28 04h 10m 00s -47° 21’ 24” 19.26 Horologium
2020 Mar 29 04h 10m 17s -47° 16’ 19” 19.27 Horologium
2020 Mar 30 04h 10m 32s -47° 11’ 21” 19.28 Horologium
2020 Mar 31 04h 10m 50s -47° 06’ 28” 19.29 Horologium
2020 Apr 01 04h 11m 07s -47° 01’ 40” 19.30 Horologium
2020 Apr 02 04h 11m 25s -46° 56’ 57” 19.31 Horologium
2020 Apr 03 04h 11m 44s -46° 52’ 18” 19.31 Horologium
2020 Apr 04 04h 12m 02s -46° 47’ 47” 19.32 Horologium