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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 Canis Majoris. The current Right Ascension is 06h 41m 43s and the Declination is -32° 31’ 59”.

06h 41m 43s
-32° 31’ 59”

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 Canis Majoris on August, 23 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 N6 (PANSTARRS) is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 06h 41m 43s
Dec: -32° 31’ 59”
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 761,063,706 kilometers, equivalent to 5.087397 Astronomical Units. Light takes 42 minutes and 18.6353 seconds to travel from Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

42 minutes and 18.6353 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 2.36660649 Astronomical Units, or 354,039,292 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 17.32.


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

Today's Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 122.5°
Max altitude: 6.0°
Azimuth: 237.5°
Comet C/2016 N6 (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 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 18 January 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458137.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99863996
Orbit inclination i 105.83037174°
Perihelion distance q 2.66912276 AU
399,295,082 km
Aphelion distance Q 3,922.39451012 AU
586,781,867,936 km
Semi-major axis a 1,962.53181644 AU
293,590,581,509 km
Orbital period period 86,942.7300 years
31,755,831.3062 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Jul-18 04:54:12
2,458,317.7043 JD
Next perihelion transit 88963-Jan-21 12:15
34,214,149.0105 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 162.80306844254°
Longitude of the ascending node node 298.97775920925°
Mean anomaly M 359.99795711366°
Mean motion n 0.00001134°/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 Aug 16 06h 39m 05s -30° 54’ 42” 17.27 Canis Majoris
2019 Aug 17 06h 39m 28s -31° 07’ 09” 17.27 Canis Majoris
2019 Aug 18 06h 39m 50s -31° 19’ 41” 17.28 Canis Majoris
2019 Aug 19 06h 40m 10s -31° 32’ 21” 17.29 Canis Majoris
2019 Aug 20 06h 40m 32s -31° 45’ 06” 17.29 Canis Majoris
2019 Aug 21 06h 40m 53s -31° 57’ 59” 17.30 Canis Majoris
2019 Aug 22 06h 41m 12s -32° 10’ 56” 17.30 Canis Majoris
2019 Aug 23 06h 41m 31s -32° 24’ 01” 17.31 Canis Majoris
2019 Aug 24 06h 41m 50s -32° 37’ 09” 17.32 Canis Majoris
2019 Aug 25 06h 42m 08s -32° 50’ 26” 17.32 Canis Majoris
2019 Aug 26 06h 42m 26s -33° 03’ 47” 17.33 Canis Majoris
2019 Aug 27 06h 42m 43s -33° 17’ 15” 17.34 Puppis
2019 Aug 28 06h 43m 00s -33° 30’ 47” 17.34 Puppis
2019 Aug 29 06h 43m 15s -33° 44’ 26” 17.35 Puppis