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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 Puppis on December, 15 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
07h 58m 03s
-13° 25’ 15”

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.

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 Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 103.7°
Max altitude: 25.1°
Azimuth: 256.5°

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 Dec 08 08h 11m 45s -10° 56’ 50” 13.34 Hydra
2018 Dec 09 08h 09m 56s -11° 18’ 07” 13.34 Monoceros
2018 Dec 10 08h 08m 05s -11° 39’ 15” 13.34 Puppis
2018 Dec 11 08h 06m 12s -12° 00’ 14” 13.35 Puppis
2018 Dec 12 08h 04m 18s -12° 21’ 02” 13.35 Puppis
2018 Dec 13 08h 02m 21s -12° 41’ 38” 13.35 Puppis
2018 Dec 14 08h 00m 21s -13° 02’ 02” 13.36 Puppis
2018 Dec 15 07h 58m 22s -13° 22’ 13” 13.36 Puppis
2018 Dec 16 07h 56m 20s -13° 42’ 10” 13.37 Puppis
2018 Dec 17 07h 54m 15s -14° 01’ 51” 13.37 Puppis
2018 Dec 18 07h 52m 10s -14° 21’ 18” 13.38 Puppis
2018 Dec 19 07h 50m 03s -14° 40’ 27” 13.39 Puppis
2018 Dec 20 07h 47m 56s -14° 59’ 20” 13.39 Puppis
2018 Dec 21 07h 45m 46s -15° 17’ 53” 13.40 Puppis

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 12 October 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458039.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99857060
Orbit inclination i 105.83016146°
Perihelion distance q 2.66921993 AU
399,309,619 km
Aphelion distance Q 3,732.05994111 AU
558,308,221,634 km
Semi-major axis a 1,867.36458052 AU
279,353,765,626 km
Orbital period period 80,695.9800 years
29,474,205.1747 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Jul-18 04:56:25
2,458,317.7058 JD
Next perihelion transit 82716-Mar-06 09:07
31,932,522.8805 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 162.80094103092°
Longitude of the ascending node node 298.97861302565°
Mean anomaly M 359.99660197434°
Mean motion n 0.00001221°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2018-Dec-24
Distance of closest approach* 2.36661370 AU
354,040,371 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.