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Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS)

Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Ophiucus. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) is 18h 29m 38s and the Declination is +10° 13’ 52” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) is 11.50 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

18h 29m 38s
+10° 13’ 52”
Ophiucus
11.50
  • C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West direction at an altitude of 7° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) is visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 8 inches (200mm) or more.
  • See also C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) rise and set times.
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Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Map showing Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) in Ophiucus on May, 26 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) in Ophiucus on May, 26 2022
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS)
RA: 18h 29m 38s
Dec: +10° 13’ 52”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 343,092,215 kilometers, equivalent to 2.293430 Astronomical Units. Light takes 19 minutes and 4.4324 seconds to travel from Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

343,092,215
2.293430
19 minutes and 4.4324 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Distance of Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Thu Jul 14 2022 at a distance of 1.807936 Astronomical Units, or 270,463,351 kilometers:

Thu Jul 14 2022
270,463,351
1.807936

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) is 11.50.

11.50
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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 behavior 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.

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2017 K2 (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/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 79.8°
Max altitude: 48.8°
Azimuth: 280.2°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 27 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458997.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00040763
Orbit inclination i 87.54276196°
Perihelion distance q 1.79960159 AU
269,216,567 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-Dec-19 23:58:43
2,459,933.4991 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 236.15990271661°
Longitude of the ascending node node 88.266376134281°
Mean anomaly M -0.0031450031962182°
Mean motion n 0.00000336°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2017 K2 (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/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS)
View Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2017 K2 (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/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2022 May 19 18h 38m 00s +10° 55’ 42” 11.67 Ophiucus
2022 May 20 18h 36m 59s +10° 50’ 57” 11.65 Ophiucus
2022 May 21 18h 35m 54s +10° 45’ 55” 11.63 Ophiucus
2022 May 22 18h 34m 50s +10° 40’ 36” 11.60 Ophiucus
2022 May 23 18h 33m 42s +10° 34’ 59” 11.58 Ophiucus
2022 May 24 18h 32m 30s +10° 29’ 03” 11.56 Ophiucus
2022 May 25 18h 31m 18s +10° 22’ 50” 11.53 Ophiucus
2022 May 26 18h 30m 05s +10° 16’ 17” 11.51 Ophiucus
2022 May 27 18h 28m 49s +10° 09’ 24” 11.49 Ophiucus
2022 May 28 18h 27m 29s +10° 02’ 11” 11.46 Ophiucus
2022 May 29 18h 26m 09s +09° 54’ 37” 11.44 Ophiucus
2022 May 30 18h 24m 47s +09° 46’ 41” 11.42 Ophiucus
2022 May 31 18h 23m 22s +09° 38’ 24” 11.40 Ophiucus
2022 Jun 01 18h 21m 56s +09° 29’ 44” 11.37 Ophiucus