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
Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) is circumpolar from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] and transits at 14:50 UTC (altitude: 80.8°)
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 Apr 18||13.99||04h 53m 03s||+40° 54’ 38”||Auriga|
|2018 Apr 19||13.99||04h 54m 38s||+41° 06’ 41”||Auriga|
|2018 Apr 20||14.00||04h 56m 14s||+41° 18’ 39”||Auriga|
|2018 Apr 21||14.00||04h 57m 52s||+41° 30’ 35”||Auriga|
|2018 Apr 22||14.01||04h 59m 31s||+41° 42’ 28”||Auriga|
|2018 Apr 23||14.01||05h 01m 11s||+41° 54’ 16”||Auriga|
|2018 Apr 24||14.02||05h 02m 53s||+42° 06’ 02”||Auriga|
|2018 Apr 25||14.02||05h 04m 36s||+42° 17’ 44”||Auriga|
|2018 Apr 26||14.02||05h 06m 20s||+42° 29’ 21”||Auriga|
|2018 Apr 27||14.03||05h 08m 04s||+42° 40’ 55”||Auriga|
|2018 Apr 28||14.03||05h 09m 51s||+42° 52’ 26”||Auriga|
|2018 Apr 29||14.04||05h 11m 38s||+43° 03’ 51”||Auriga|
|2018 Apr 30||14.04||05h 13m 27s||+43° 15’ 15”||Auriga|
|2018 May 01||14.05||05h 15m 15s||+43° 26’ 33”||Auriga|
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 25 November 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458083.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||2.60232009 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2018-May-09 14:01:55
|Argument of perihelion||peri||33.193952100331°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||80.568679468686°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2017-Dec-23|
|Distance of closest approach*||2.05399445 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.