Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS)
Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) Position
Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)
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Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) Distance
The distance of Comet C/2016 Q2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 1,225,470,982 kilometers, equivalent to 8.191768 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 8 minutes and 7.7312 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 6.80504896 Astronomical Units, or 1,018,020,837 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||7.08711726 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2021-May-10 18:47:25
|Argument of perihelion||peri||84.421749160002°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||322.31432426729°|
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.
|2020 Feb 17||19h 41m 29s||+23° 38’ 53”||19.07||Vulpecula|
|2020 Feb 18||19h 41m 44s||+23° 45’ 03”||19.07||Vulpecula|
|2020 Feb 19||19h 42m 01s||+23° 51’ 19”||19.06||Vulpecula|
|2020 Feb 20||19h 42m 16s||+23° 57’ 38”||19.06||Vulpecula|
|2020 Feb 21||19h 42m 32s||+24° 04’ 04”||19.06||Vulpecula|
|2020 Feb 22||19h 42m 47s||+24° 10’ 32”||19.05||Vulpecula|
|2020 Feb 23||19h 43m 03s||+24° 17’ 06”||19.05||Vulpecula|
|2020 Feb 24||19h 43m 17s||+24° 23’ 43”||19.05||Vulpecula|
|2020 Feb 25||19h 43m 32s||+24° 30’ 24”||19.04||Vulpecula|
|2020 Feb 26||19h 43m 45s||+24° 37’ 10”||19.04||Vulpecula|
|2020 Feb 27||19h 43m 59s||+24° 44’ 02”||19.04||Vulpecula|
|2020 Feb 28||19h 44m 12s||+24° 50’ 57”||19.03||Vulpecula|
|2020 Feb 29||19h 44m 26s||+24° 57’ 56”||19.03||Vulpecula|
|2020 Mar 01||19h 44m 39s||+25° 04’ 59”||19.02||Vulpecula|