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Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) Position

Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Hercules. The current Right Ascension is 16h 28m 58s and the Declination is +14° 21’ 14”.

16h 28m 58s
+14° 21’ 14”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) in Hercules on January, 29 2020
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) is right now (view fullscreen)

C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)
RA: 16h 28m 58s
Dec: +14° 21’ 14”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 1,004,858,288 kilometers, equivalent to 6.717063 Astronomical Units. Light takes 55 minutes and 51.8465 seconds to travel from Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

1,004,858,288
6.717063
55 minutes and 51.8465 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Distance of Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Sat Dec 23 2017 at a distance of 2.05401309 Astronomical Units, or 307,275,985 kilometers:

Sat Dec 23 2017
307,275,985
2.054013

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) is 19.13.

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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 behavior 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.

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 2100

Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 75.7°
Max altitude: 52.9°
Azimuth: 284.4°
Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 02 May 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458241.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99635751
Orbit inclination i 58.22383479°
Perihelion distance q 2.60237168 AU
389,309,263 km
Aphelion distance Q 1,426.29536000 AU
213,370,749,273 km
Semi-major axis a 714.44886584 AU
106,880,029,268 km
Orbital period period 19,096.9900 years
6,975,175.7307 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-May-09 14:00:33
2,458,248.0837 JD
Next perihelion transit 21115-Sep-27 07:32
9,433,423.8144 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 33.19216353819°
Longitude of the ascending node node 80.568789347946°
Mean anomaly M 359.99966020336°
Mean motion n 0.00005161°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) Orbit

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) 15 Days 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
2020 Jan 22 16h 25m 59s +14° 12’ 26” 19.11 Hercules
2020 Jan 23 16h 26m 24s +14° 13’ 23” 19.11 Hercules
2020 Jan 24 16h 26m 48s +14° 14’ 22” 19.11 Hercules
2020 Jan 25 16h 27m 12s +14° 15’ 27” 19.12 Hercules
2020 Jan 26 16h 27m 36s +14° 16’ 35” 19.12 Hercules
2020 Jan 27 16h 28m 00s +14° 17’ 47” 19.12 Hercules
2020 Jan 28 16h 28m 22s +14° 19’ 01” 19.13 Hercules
2020 Jan 29 16h 28m 45s +14° 20’ 21” 19.13 Hercules
2020 Jan 30 16h 29m 07s +14° 21’ 46” 19.13 Hercules
2020 Jan 31 16h 29m 27s +14° 23’ 12” 19.13 Hercules
2020 Feb 01 16h 29m 48s +14° 24’ 43” 19.14 Hercules
2020 Feb 02 16h 30m 09s +14° 26’ 17” 19.14 Hercules
2020 Feb 03 16h 30m 28s +14° 27’ 56” 19.14 Hercules
2020 Feb 04 16h 30m 47s +14° 29’ 38” 19.14 Hercules