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.
|2017 Aug 12||14.82||05h 10m 14s||-04° 13’ 22”||Eridanus|
|2017 Aug 13||14.80||05h 10m 59s||-04° 10’ 14”||Eridanus|
|2017 Aug 14||14.78||05h 11m 45s||-04° 07’ 10”||Orion|
|2017 Aug 15||14.76||05h 12m 32s||-04° 04’ 09”||Orion|
|2017 Aug 16||14.74||05h 13m 15s||-04° 01’ 09”||Orion|
|2017 Aug 17||14.72||05h 14m 00s||-03° 58’ 10”||Orion|
|2017 Aug 18||14.70||05h 14m 44s||-03° 55’ 14”||Orion|
|2017 Aug 19||14.68||05h 15m 28s||-03° 52’ 21”||Orion|
|2017 Aug 20||14.66||05h 16m 10s||-03° 49’ 28”||Orion|
|2017 Aug 21||14.64||05h 16m 54s||-03° 46’ 37”||Orion|
|2017 Aug 22||14.62||05h 17m 35s||-03° 43’ 49”||Orion|
|2017 Aug 23||14.60||05h 18m 16s||-03° 41’ 02”||Orion|
|2017 Aug 24||14.58||05h 18m 57s||-03° 38’ 17”||Orion|
|2017 Aug 25||14.56||05h 19m 38s||-03° 35’ 31”||Orion|
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 06 December 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457729.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||2.60209855 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2018-May-09 13:25:12
|Argument of perihelion||peri||33.190833760759°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||80.579232188664°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2017-Dec-23|
|Distance of closest approach*||2.05398568 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.