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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 Taurus on February, 22 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
03h 59m 48s
+28° 34’ 21”
 = 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 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.

Azimuth: 61.4°
Max altitude: 67.1°
Azimuth: 298.6°

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)
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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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
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.

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 24 October 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458051.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99649470
Orbit inclination i 58.22085072°
Perihelion distance q 2.60230888 AU
389,299,868 km
Aphelion distance Q 1,482.18282193 AU
221,731,394,594 km
Semi-major axis a 742.39256541 AU
111,060,347,231 km
Orbital period period 20,228.2600 years
7,388,373.6019 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-May-09 14:00:05
2,458,248.0834 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 33.193948015181°
Longitude of the ascending node node 80.568941329294°
Mean anomaly M 359.99042143427°
Mean motion n 0.00004873°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2017-Dec-23
Distance of closest approach* 2.05399325 AU
307,273,017 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.