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Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)

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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) in Bootes on December, 15 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
15h 00m 02s
+40° 35’ 17”

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 R2 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times

Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) is circumpolar from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] and transits at 09:24 UTC (altitude: 79.1°)

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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)
View Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) in the 3D Solar System Simulator

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.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Dec 08 14h 48m 32s +40° 46’ 55” 15.05 Bootes
2018 Dec 09 14h 50m 11s +40° 44’ 53” 15.06 Bootes
2018 Dec 10 14h 51m 50s +40° 42’ 56” 15.07 Bootes
2018 Dec 11 14h 53m 26s +40° 41’ 09” 15.07 Bootes
2018 Dec 12 14h 55m 04s +40° 39’ 32” 15.08 Bootes
2018 Dec 13 14h 56m 39s +40° 38’ 02” 15.09 Bootes
2018 Dec 14 14h 58m 14s +40° 36’ 41” 15.09 Bootes
2018 Dec 15 14h 59m 48s +40° 35’ 27” 15.10 Bootes
2018 Dec 16 15h 01m 21s +40° 34’ 23” 15.11 Bootes
2018 Dec 17 15h 02m 53s +40° 33’ 26” 15.11 Bootes
2018 Dec 18 15h 04m 23s +40° 32’ 39” 15.12 Bootes
2018 Dec 19 15h 05m 53s +40° 32’ 00” 15.13 Bootes
2018 Dec 20 15h 07m 23s +40° 31’ 29” 15.13 Bootes
2018 Dec 21 15h 08m 51s +40° 31’ 09” 15.14 Bootes

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.

Distance of Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 22 December 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458110.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99646621
Orbit inclination i 58.22219905°
Perihelion distance q 2.60235434 AU
389,306,668 km
Aphelion distance Q 1,470.23704384 AU
219,944,331,624 km
Semi-major axis a 736.41969909 AU
110,166,819,146 km
Orbital period period 19,984.6400 years
7,299,389.2361 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-May-09 14:00:16
2,458,248.0835 JD
Next perihelion transit 22003-May-27 19:40
9,757,637.3196 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 33.193019647076°
Longitude of the ascending node node 80.568477786726°
Mean anomaly M 359.99321449121°
Mean motion n 0.00004932°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2017-Dec-23
Distance of closest approach* 2.05401189 AU
307,275,805 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.