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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.

More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) in Cancer on August, 17 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
08h 44m 58s
+23° 41’ 30”
 = 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

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

Azimuth: 66.3°
Max altitude: 62.2°
Azimuth: 293.7°

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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Aug 10 08h 40m 56s +25° 32’ 35” 13.45 Cancer
2018 Aug 11 08h 41m 30s +25° 17’ 08” 13.45 Cancer
2018 Aug 12 08h 42m 06s +25° 01’ 42” 13.45 Cancer
2018 Aug 13 08h 42m 39s +24° 46’ 17” 13.45 Cancer
2018 Aug 14 08h 43m 13s +24° 30’ 51” 13.45 Cancer
2018 Aug 15 08h 43m 45s +24° 15’ 28” 13.46 Cancer
2018 Aug 16 08h 44m 18s +24° 00’ 03” 13.46 Cancer
2018 Aug 17 08h 44m 52s +23° 44’ 39” 13.46 Cancer
2018 Aug 18 08h 45m 24s +23° 29’ 17” 13.46 Cancer
2018 Aug 19 08h 45m 56s +23° 13’ 53” 13.46 Cancer
2018 Aug 20 08h 46m 27s +22° 58’ 30” 13.46 Cancer
2018 Aug 21 08h 46m 59s +22° 43’ 06” 13.46 Cancer
2018 Aug 22 08h 47m 30s +22° 27’ 42” 13.46 Cancer
2018 Aug 23 08h 48m 00s +22° 12’ 19” 13.46 Cancer

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 21 September 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458018.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99855722
Orbit inclination i 105.83015276°
Perihelion distance q 2.66925310 AU
399,314,580 km
Aphelion distance Q 3,697.49293018 AU
553,137,070,392 km
Semi-major axis a 1,850.08109164 AU
276,768,192,486 km
Orbital period period 79,578.2400 years
29,065,953.4513 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Jul-18 04:57:09
2,458,317.7064 JD
Next perihelion transit 81598-Jun-03 15:46
31,524,271.1576 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 162.80022690213°
Longitude of the ascending node node 298.97872678504°
Mean anomaly M 359.99629414225°
Mean motion n 0.00001239°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2018-Dec-24
Distance of closest approach* 2.36661502 AU
354,040,569 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.