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Comet C/2016 T3 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet C/2016 T3 (PANSTARRS) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2016 T3 (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 T3 (PANSTARRS) in Crater on August, 16 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
11h 13m 40s
-15° 51’ 49”
20.77
 = 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 T3 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet C/2016 T3 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 105.9°
Max altitude: 22.7°
Azimuth: 254.1°

Comet C/2016 T3 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2016 T3 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2016 T3 (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 T3 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet C/2016 T3 (PANSTARRS) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2016 T3 (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 T3 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Aug 09 11h 05m 53s -15° 13’ 54” 20.67 Crater
2018 Aug 10 11h 06m 59s -15° 19’ 03” 20.69 Crater
2018 Aug 11 11h 08m 03s -15° 24’ 15” 20.70 Crater
2018 Aug 12 11h 09m 08s -15° 29’ 30” 20.71 Crater
2018 Aug 13 11h 10m 14s -15° 34’ 46” 20.73 Crater
2018 Aug 14 11h 11m 18s -15° 40’ 06” 20.74 Crater
2018 Aug 15 11h 12m 24s -15° 45’ 29” 20.76 Crater
2018 Aug 16 11h 13m 28s -15° 50’ 53” 20.77 Crater
2018 Aug 17 11h 14m 34s -15° 56’ 21” 20.78 Crater
2018 Aug 18 11h 15m 39s -16° 01’ 50” 20.80 Crater
2018 Aug 19 11h 16m 45s -16° 07’ 23” 20.81 Crater
2018 Aug 20 11h 17m 49s -16° 12’ 56” 20.82 Crater
2018 Aug 21 11h 18m 55s -16° 18’ 33” 20.84 Crater
2018 Aug 22 11h 19m 59s -16° 24’ 12” 20.85 Crater

Distance of Comet C/2016 T3 (PANSTARRS) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2016 T3 (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 T3 (PANSTARRS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/2016 T3 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet C/2016 T3 (PANSTARRS)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2016 T3 (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 T3 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet C/2016 T3 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2016 T3 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 24 June 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457929.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.98138905
Orbit inclination i 22.67596062°
Perihelion distance q 2.64948185 AU
396,356,844 km
Aphelion distance Q 282.07342252 AU
42,197,583,475 km
Semi-major axis a 142.36145219 AU
21,296,970,159 km
Orbital period period 1,698.6200 years
620,421.7881 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Sep-06 23:30:03
2,458,003.4792 JD
Next perihelion transit 3716-May-04 18:24
3,078,425.2673 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 194.67792015838°
Longitude of the ascending node node 271.74835037346°
Mean anomaly M 359.95707353729°
Mean motion n 0.00058025°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2018-Jan-29
Distance of closest approach* 2.19255777 AU
328,001,975 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.