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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 Orion on December, 13 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
04h 48m 19s
+08° 41’ 33”
 = 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: 81.3°
Max altitude: 47.2°
Azimuth: 278.7°

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
2017 Dec 06 13.62 04h 57m 28s +06° 53’ 08” Orion
2017 Dec 07 13.61 04h 56m 11s +07° 08’ 03” Orion
2017 Dec 08 13.60 04h 54m 52s +07° 23’ 11” Orion
2017 Dec 09 13.59 04h 53m 35s +07° 38’ 30” Orion
2017 Dec 10 13.58 04h 52m 15s +07° 53’ 58” Orion
2017 Dec 11 13.57 04h 50m 57s +08° 09’ 39” Orion
2017 Dec 12 13.56 04h 49m 37s +08° 25’ 31” Orion
2017 Dec 13 13.55 04h 48m 19s +08° 41’ 33” Orion
2017 Dec 14 13.54 04h 46m 59s +08° 57’ 42” Orion
2017 Dec 15 13.53 04h 45m 39s +09° 14’ 03” Orion
2017 Dec 16 13.52 04h 44m 20s +09° 30’ 33” Orion
2017 Dec 17 13.52 04h 43m 00s +09° 47’ 09” Taurus
2017 Dec 18 13.51 04h 41m 40s +10° 03’ 56” Taurus
2017 Dec 19 13.50 04h 40m 22s +10° 20’ 48” 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 17 May 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457891.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99655941
Orbit inclination i 58.21783037°
Perihelion distance q 2.60221620 AU
389,286,004 km
Aphelion distance Q 1,510.05479380 AU
225,900,982,245 km
Semi-major axis a 756.32850500 AU
113,145,134,125 km
Orbital period period 20,800.5100 years
7,597,384.9109 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-May-09 13:55:01
2,458,248.0799 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 33.194400562446°
Longitude of the ascending node node 80.571615557014°
Mean anomaly M 359.98310356012°
Mean motion n 0.00004738°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2017-Dec-23
Distance of closest approach* 2.05401549 AU
307,276,345 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.