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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 Cancer on September, 22 2017
08h 32m 09s
+12° 26’ 11”
16.88
 = 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: 77.6°
Max altitude: 51.0°
Azimuth: 282.4°

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 Sep 15 16.92 08h 20m 49s +13° 56’ 48” Cancer
2017 Sep 16 16.91 08h 22m 27s +13° 44’ 04” Cancer
2017 Sep 17 16.91 08h 24m 06s +13° 31’ 17” Cancer
2017 Sep 18 16.90 08h 25m 44s +13° 18’ 24” Cancer
2017 Sep 19 16.90 08h 27m 21s +13° 05’ 27” Cancer
2017 Sep 20 16.89 08h 28m 58s +12° 52’ 27” Cancer
2017 Sep 21 16.89 08h 30m 33s +12° 39’ 20” Cancer
2017 Sep 22 16.88 08h 32m 09s +12° 26’ 11” Cancer
2017 Sep 23 16.88 08h 33m 43s +12° 12’ 56” Cancer
2017 Sep 24 16.87 08h 35m 18s +11° 59’ 39” Cancer
2017 Sep 25 16.87 08h 36m 51s +11° 46’ 17” Cancer
2017 Sep 26 16.86 08h 38m 25s +11° 32’ 50” Cancer
2017 Sep 27 16.86 08h 39m 56s +11° 19’ 19” Cancer
2017 Sep 28 16.85 08h 41m 29s +11° 05’ 45” Cancer

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.

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 11 December 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457734.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.98163934
Orbit inclination i 22.67357912°
Perihelion distance q 2.64959555 AU
396,373,853 km
Aphelion distance Q 285.96706777 AU
42,780,064,514 km
Semi-major axis a 144.30833166 AU
21,588,219,184 km
Orbital period period 1,733.5900 years
633,192.1698 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Sep-06 22:45:32
2,458,003.4483 JD
Next perihelion transit 3751-Apr-22 02:50
3,091,195.6181 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 194.66639601111°
Longitude of the ascending node node 271.75301155082°
Mean anomaly M 359.84709004625°
Mean motion n 0.00056855°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2018-Jan-29
Distance of closest approach* 2.19260587 AU
328,009,170 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.