Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS)
Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Lyra. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) is 18h 18m 39s and the Declination is +37° 45’ 07” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) is 18.94 (JPL).
Summary of key facts about Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:
- C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the East direction at an altitude of 50° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) is visible only through long exposure photography.
- See also C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) rise and set times.
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Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
Also check out Where is Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 1,117,047,902 kilometers, equivalent to 7.467004 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 2 minutes and 6.0707 seconds to travel from Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2016 Q2 (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.
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 Q2 (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 Q2 (PANSTARRS) to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Tue May 25 2021 at a distance of 6.805078 Astronomical Units, or 1,018,025,208 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) brightness
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 Q2 (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.
Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2016 Q2 (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 Q2 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||7.08402360 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2021-May-11 03:17:12
|Argument of perihelion||peri||84.462445153935°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||322.30297173379°|
Visualization of Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2016 Q2 (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!
Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2016 Q2 (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 Q2 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2021 Jan 21||18h 16m 26s||+37° 00’ 33”||18.95||Lyra|
|2021 Jan 22||18h 16m 45s||+37° 06’ 21”||18.95||Lyra|
|2021 Jan 23||18h 17m 03s||+37° 12’ 16”||18.95||Lyra|
|2021 Jan 24||18h 17m 22s||+37° 18’ 17”||18.95||Lyra|
|2021 Jan 25||18h 17m 40s||+37° 24’ 24”||18.95||Lyra|
|2021 Jan 26||18h 18m 00s||+37° 30’ 38”||18.94||Lyra|
|2021 Jan 27||18h 18m 17s||+37° 37’ 00”||18.94||Lyra|
|2021 Jan 28||18h 18m 34s||+37° 43’ 27”||18.94||Lyra|
|2021 Jan 29||18h 18m 52s||+37° 50’ 00”||18.94||Lyra|
|2021 Jan 30||18h 19m 09s||+37° 56’ 40”||18.94||Lyra|
|2021 Jan 31||18h 19m 26s||+38° 03’ 28”||18.93||Lyra|
|2021 Feb 01||18h 19m 42s||+38° 10’ 20”||18.93||Lyra|
|2021 Feb 02||18h 19m 59s||+38° 17’ 20”||18.93||Lyra|
|2021 Feb 03||18h 20m 13s||+38° 24’ 25”||18.93||Lyra|