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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 Hydra on May, 28 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
09h 52m 29s
-11° 43’ 23”
 = 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: 101.7°
Max altitude: 26.8°
Azimuth: 258.3°

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
2018 May 21 19.31 09h 46m 50s -11° 45’ 20” Hydra
2018 May 22 19.33 09h 47m 38s -11° 44’ 47” Hydra
2018 May 23 19.35 09h 48m 25s -11° 44’ 18” Hydra
2018 May 24 19.37 09h 49m 13s -11° 43’ 56” Hydra
2018 May 25 19.39 09h 50m 02s -11° 43’ 40” Hydra
2018 May 26 19.41 09h 50m 51s -11° 43’ 29” Hydra
2018 May 27 19.43 09h 51m 39s -11° 43’ 23” Hydra
2018 May 28 19.45 09h 52m 29s -11° 43’ 23” Hydra
2018 May 29 19.47 09h 53m 20s -11° 43’ 29” Hydra
2018 May 30 19.49 09h 54m 11s -11° 43’ 41” Hydra
2018 May 31 19.50 09h 55m 01s -11° 43’ 56” Hydra
2018 Jun 01 19.52 09h 55m 54s -11° 44’ 18” Hydra
2018 Jun 02 19.54 09h 56m 45s -11° 44’ 45” Hydra
2018 Jun 03 19.56 09h 57m 38s -11° 45’ 18” Hydra

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 21 June 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457926.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.98139219
Orbit inclination i 22.67593940°
Perihelion distance q 2.64948202 AU
396,356,870 km
Aphelion distance Q 282.12141642 AU
42,204,763,261 km
Semi-major axis a 142.38544922 AU
21,300,560,065 km
Orbital period period 1,699.0500 years
620,578.6660 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Sep-06 23:29:50
2,458,003.4791 JD
Next perihelion transit 3716-Oct-08 15:28
3,078,582.1451 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 194.6778892738°
Longitude of the ascending node node 271.7483601749°
Mean anomaly M 359.95534415901°
Mean motion n 0.00058010°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2018-Jan-29
Distance of closest approach* 2.19255837 AU
328,002,065 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.