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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.

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Comet C/2016 T3 (PANSTARRS) in Sextans on November, 24 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
09h 47m 25s
-02° 49’ 23”
16.66
 = 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: 92.8°
Max altitude: 35.7°
Azimuth: 267.2°

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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Nov 17 16.67 09h 42m 01s -01° 05’ 08” Sextans
2017 Nov 18 16.67 09h 42m 51s -01° 20’ 05” Sextans
2017 Nov 19 16.67 09h 43m 38s -01° 35’ 03” Sextans
2017 Nov 20 16.67 09h 44m 26s -01° 49’ 59” Sextans
2017 Nov 21 16.66 09h 45m 12s -02° 04’ 53” Sextans
2017 Nov 22 16.66 09h 45m 57s -02° 19’ 45” Sextans
2017 Nov 23 16.66 09h 46m 41s -02° 34’ 36” Sextans
2017 Nov 24 16.66 09h 47m 25s -02° 49’ 23” Sextans
2017 Nov 25 16.66 09h 48m 06s -03° 04’ 10” Sextans
2017 Nov 26 16.65 09h 48m 47s -03° 18’ 55” Sextans
2017 Nov 27 16.65 09h 49m 27s -03° 33’ 37” Sextans
2017 Nov 28 16.65 09h 50m 06s -03° 48’ 15” Sextans
2017 Nov 29 16.65 09h 50m 43s -04° 02’ 53” Sextans
2017 Nov 30 16.65 09h 51m 19s -04° 17’ 26” Sextans

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 17 December 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457740.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.98167242
Orbit inclination i 22.67370747°
Perihelion distance q 2.64956535 AU
396,369,336 km
Aphelion distance Q 286.48469239 AU
42,857,500,055 km
Semi-major axis a 144.56712887 AU
21,626,934,695 km
Orbital period period 1,738.2500 years
634,896.2483 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Sep-06 22:43:01
2,458,003.4465 JD
Next perihelion transit 3755-Dec-21 04:40
3,092,899.6949 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 194.66728803222°
Longitude of the ascending node node 271.75264207755°
Mean anomaly M 359.85090357974°
Mean motion n 0.00056702°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2018-Jan-29
Distance of closest approach* 2.19262908 AU
328,012,642 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.