Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)
Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2016 R2 (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 R2 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times
Today's Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.
Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2016 R2 (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 R2 (PANSTARRS) Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2016 R2 (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 R2 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2018 Feb 15||13.72||03h 58m 26s||+26° 48’ 20”||Taurus|
|2018 Feb 16||13.73||03h 58m 32s||+27° 03’ 39”||Taurus|
|2018 Feb 17||13.73||03h 58m 41s||+27° 18’ 56”||Taurus|
|2018 Feb 18||13.74||03h 58m 50s||+27° 34’ 09”||Taurus|
|2018 Feb 19||13.74||03h 59m 03s||+27° 49’ 18”||Taurus|
|2018 Feb 20||13.75||03h 59m 16s||+28° 04’ 23”||Taurus|
|2018 Feb 21||13.76||03h 59m 30s||+28° 19’ 23”||Taurus|
|2018 Feb 22||13.76||03h 59m 48s||+28° 34’ 21”||Taurus|
|2018 Feb 23||13.77||04h 00m 06s||+28° 49’ 14”||Taurus|
|2018 Feb 24||13.78||04h 00m 27s||+29° 04’ 04”||Taurus|
|2018 Feb 25||13.78||04h 00m 48s||+29° 18’ 50”||Taurus|
|2018 Feb 26||13.79||04h 01m 11s||+29° 33’ 33”||Taurus|
|2018 Feb 27||13.80||04h 01m 36s||+29° 48’ 11”||Taurus|
|2018 Feb 28||13.80||04h 02m 03s||+30° 02’ 47”||Taurus|
Distance of Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2016 R2 (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 R2 (PANSTARRS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2016 R2 (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 R2 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 24 October 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458051.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||2.60230888 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2018-May-09 14:00:05
|Argument of perihelion||peri||33.193948015181°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||80.568941329294°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2017-Dec-23|
|Distance of closest approach*||2.05399325 AU
* 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.