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Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2016 Q2 (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 Q2 (PANSTARRS) in Aquarius on January, 22 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
20h 54m 45s
-02° 39’ 14”
 = 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 Q2 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 92.7°
Max altitude: 35.9°
Azimuth: 267.3°

Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram

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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) 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.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Jan 15 20.75 20h 52m 58s -02° 57’ 11” Aquarius
2018 Jan 16 20.75 20h 53m 12s -02° 54’ 42” Aquarius
2018 Jan 17 20.75 20h 53m 27s -02° 52’ 13” Aquarius
2018 Jan 18 20.75 20h 53m 43s -02° 49’ 40” Aquarius
2018 Jan 19 20.75 20h 53m 58s -02° 47’ 06” Aquarius
2018 Jan 20 20.75 20h 54m 14s -02° 44’ 30” Aquarius
2018 Jan 21 20.75 20h 54m 29s -02° 41’ 53” Aquarius
2018 Jan 22 20.74 20h 54m 45s -02° 39’ 14” Aquarius
2018 Jan 23 20.74 20h 55m 00s -02° 36’ 33” Aquarius
2018 Jan 24 20.74 20h 55m 15s -02° 33’ 51” Aquarius
2018 Jan 25 20.74 20h 55m 32s -02° 31’ 06” Aquarius
2018 Jan 26 20.74 20h 55m 47s -02° 28’ 21” Aquarius
2018 Jan 27 20.74 20h 56m 03s -02° 25’ 32” Aquarius
2018 Jan 28 20.74 20h 56m 20s -02° 22’ 44” Aquarius

Distance of Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2016 Q2 (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 Q2 (PANSTARRS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS)

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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 16 February 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457801.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99939797
Orbit inclination i 109.44108912°
Perihelion distance q 7.08825198 AU
1,060,387,406 km
Aphelion distance Q 23,540.61714778 AU
3,521,626,207,334 km
Semi-major axis a 11,773.85269988 AU
1,761,343,297,370 km
Orbital period period 1,277,574.1000 years
466,633,940.6983 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-May-10 04:57:12
2,459,344.7064 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 84.397028615543°
Longitude of the ascending node node 322.32026735915°
Mean anomaly M 359.99880944301°
Mean motion n 0.00000077°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2021-May-24
Distance of closest approach* 6.80453054 AU
1,017,943,283 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.