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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 February, 24 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
09h 33m 36s
-15° 55’ 13”
 = 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: 22.6°
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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Feb 17 17.52 09h 37m 36s -15° 58’ 10” Hydra
2018 Feb 18 17.53 09h 37m 00s -15° 58’ 23” Hydra
2018 Feb 19 17.54 09h 36m 25s -15° 58’ 22” Hydra
2018 Feb 20 17.55 09h 35m 51s -15° 58’ 08” Hydra
2018 Feb 21 17.56 09h 35m 16s -15° 57’ 42” Hydra
2018 Feb 22 17.57 09h 34m 41s -15° 57’ 03” Hydra
2018 Feb 23 17.58 09h 34m 09s -15° 56’ 13” Hydra
2018 Feb 24 17.59 09h 33m 36s -15° 55’ 13” Hydra
2018 Feb 25 17.61 09h 33m 03s -15° 54’ 00” Hydra
2018 Feb 26 17.62 09h 32m 31s -15° 52’ 36” Hydra
2018 Feb 27 17.63 09h 32m 02s -15° 51’ 02” Hydra
2018 Feb 28 17.64 09h 31m 31s -15° 49’ 18” Hydra
2018 Mar 01 17.65 09h 31m 01s -15° 47’ 25” Hydra
2018 Mar 02 17.67 09h 30m 33s -15° 45’ 21” 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 10 May 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457884.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.98145754
Orbit inclination i 22.67559215°
Perihelion distance q 2.64948400 AU
396,357,166 km
Aphelion distance Q 283.12529108 AU
42,354,940,772 km
Semi-major axis a 142.88738754 AU
21,375,648,969 km
Orbital period period 1,708.0400 years
623,863.0596 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Sep-06 23:26:12
2,458,003.4765 JD
Next perihelion transit 3725-Oct-06 00:52
3,081,866.5362 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 194.67732105289°
Longitude of the ascending node node 271.7486609595°
Mean anomaly M 359.93134462538°
Mean motion n 0.00057705°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2018-Jan-29
Distance of closest approach* 2.19261765 AU
328,010,933 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.