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.
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 11:21 UTC (altitude: 83.8°)
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 Oct 09||12h 43m 36s||+46° 14’ 08”||14.64||Canes Venatici|
|2018 Oct 10||12h 46m 06s||+46° 06’ 35”||14.64||Canes Venatici|
|2018 Oct 11||12h 48m 36s||+45° 59’ 04”||14.65||Canes Venatici|
|2018 Oct 12||12h 51m 03s||+45° 51’ 34”||14.66||Canes Venatici|
|2018 Oct 13||12h 53m 30s||+45° 44’ 07”||14.66||Canes Venatici|
|2018 Oct 14||12h 55m 58s||+45° 36’ 39”||14.67||Canes Venatici|
|2018 Oct 15||12h 58m 23s||+45° 29’ 16”||14.68||Canes Venatici|
|2018 Oct 16||13h 00m 47s||+45° 21’ 54”||14.68||Canes Venatici|
|2018 Oct 17||13h 03m 11s||+45° 14’ 34”||14.69||Canes Venatici|
|2018 Oct 18||13h 05m 34s||+45° 07’ 17”||14.70||Canes Venatici|
|2018 Oct 19||13h 07m 57s||+45° 00’ 02”||14.70||Canes Venatici|
|2018 Oct 20||13h 10m 18s||+44° 52’ 50”||14.71||Canes Venatici|
|2018 Oct 21||13h 12m 38s||+44° 45’ 41”||14.72||Canes Venatici|
|2018 Oct 22||13h 14m 57s||+44° 38’ 35”||14.72||Canes Venatici|
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 17 December 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458105.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||2.60234816 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2018-May-09 14:00:46
|Next perihelion transit||21998-Aug-11 04:26
|Argument of perihelion||peri||33.193215883715°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||80.568508571468°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2017-Dec-23|
|Distance of closest approach*||2.05400888 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.