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Comet C/2016 S1 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet C/2016 S1 (PANSTARRS) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2016 S1 (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 S1 (PANSTARRS) in Serpens on April, 24 2019
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
15h 40m 40s
+19° 28’ 17”

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 S1 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet C/2016 S1 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 70.5°
Max altitude: 57.9°
Azimuth: 289.4°

Comet C/2016 S1 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2016 S1 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2016 S1 (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 S1 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet C/2016 S1 (PANSTARRS) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2016 S1 (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 S1 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Apr 17 15h 45m 27s +18° 25’ 42” 28.46 Serpens
2019 Apr 18 15h 44m 51s +18° 34’ 04” 28.47 Serpens
2019 Apr 19 15h 44m 16s +18° 42’ 20” 28.48 Serpens
2019 Apr 20 15h 43m 38s +18° 50’ 30” 28.49 Serpens
2019 Apr 21 15h 43m 02s +18° 58’ 35” 28.50 Serpens
2019 Apr 22 15h 42m 25s +19° 06’ 33” 28.51 Serpens
2019 Apr 23 15h 41m 48s +19° 14’ 26” 28.52 Serpens
2019 Apr 24 15h 41m 11s +19° 22’ 13” 28.53 Serpens
2019 Apr 25 15h 40m 32s +19° 29’ 53” 28.54 Serpens
2019 Apr 26 15h 39m 53s +19° 37’ 26” 28.55 Serpens
2019 Apr 27 15h 39m 15s +19° 44’ 53” 28.56 Serpens
2019 Apr 28 15h 38m 36s +19° 52’ 14” 28.57 Serpens
2019 Apr 29 15h 37m 58s +19° 59’ 26” 28.58 Serpens
2019 Apr 30 15h 37m 18s +20° 06’ 33” 28.59 Serpens

Distance of Comet C/2016 S1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2016 S1 (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 S1 (PANSTARRS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/2016 S1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

Light Curve of Comet C/2016 S1 (PANSTARRS)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2016 S1 (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 S1 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2016 S1 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2016 S1 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 06 November 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457699.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.70884602
Orbit inclination i 94.68967050°
Perihelion distance q 2.41190680 AU
360,816,123 km
Aphelion distance Q 14.15600528 AU
2,117,708,252 km
Semi-major axis a 8.28395604 AU
1,239,262,187 km
Orbital period period 23.8400 years
8,708.7356 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Mar-16 19:29:56
2,457,829.3125 JD
Next perihelion transit 2041-Jan-18 13:09
2,466,538.0481 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 273.61129963261°
Longitude of the ascending node node 227.53821409197°
Mean anomaly M 354.63383808207°
Mean motion n 0.04133780°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2041-May-13
Distance of closest approach* 2.07158114 AU
309,904,128 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2100-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.