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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 Centaurus on March, 24 2019
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
13h 07m 22s
-34° 04’ 40”

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 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 Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 124.1°
Max altitude: 4.4°
Azimuth: 235.9°

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
2019 Mar 17 13h 11m 12s -34° 14’ 52” 22.12 Centaurus
2019 Mar 18 13h 10m 45s -34° 13’ 59” 22.12 Centaurus
2019 Mar 19 13h 10m 17s -34° 12’ 59” 22.13 Centaurus
2019 Mar 20 13h 09m 47s -34° 11’ 52” 22.13 Centaurus
2019 Mar 21 13h 09m 19s -34° 10’ 37” 22.14 Centaurus
2019 Mar 22 13h 08m 49s -34° 09’ 16” 22.14 Centaurus
2019 Mar 23 13h 08m 20s -34° 07’ 49” 22.15 Centaurus
2019 Mar 24 13h 07m 50s -34° 06’ 15” 22.16 Centaurus
2019 Mar 25 13h 07m 19s -34° 04’ 33” 22.16 Centaurus
2019 Mar 26 13h 06m 50s -34° 02’ 45” 22.17 Centaurus
2019 Mar 27 13h 06m 20s -34° 00’ 51” 22.17 Centaurus
2019 Mar 28 13h 05m 48s -33° 58’ 50” 22.18 Centaurus
2019 Mar 29 13h 05m 17s -33° 56’ 43” 22.18 Centaurus
2019 Mar 30 13h 04m 48s -33° 54’ 29” 22.19 Centaurus

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 2100

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 2100

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 2100-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.