Comet C/2017 P2 (PANSTARRS)
Comet C/2017 P2 (PANSTARRS) Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2017 P2 (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/2017 P2 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times
Today's Comet C/2017 P2 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.
Comet C/2017 P2 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2017 P2 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2017 P2 (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!
Comet C/2017 P2 (PANSTARRS) Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2017 P2 (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 P2 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2018 Jul 10||24.59||01h 06m 05s||-05° 55’ 36”||Cetus|
|2018 Jul 11||24.61||01h 06m 41s||-06° 05’ 36”||Cetus|
|2018 Jul 12||24.62||01h 07m 17s||-06° 15’ 47”||Cetus|
|2018 Jul 13||24.64||01h 07m 50s||-06° 26’ 08”||Cetus|
|2018 Jul 14||24.66||01h 08m 23s||-06° 36’ 38”||Cetus|
|2018 Jul 15||24.68||01h 08m 57s||-06° 47’ 17”||Cetus|
|2018 Jul 16||24.70||01h 09m 28s||-06° 58’ 05”||Cetus|
|2018 Jul 17||24.72||01h 09m 59s||-07° 09’ 03”||Cetus|
|2018 Jul 18||24.74||01h 10m 27s||-07° 20’ 12”||Cetus|
|2018 Jul 19||24.76||01h 10m 57s||-07° 31’ 27”||Cetus|
|2018 Jul 20||24.77||01h 11m 23s||-07° 42’ 53”||Cetus|
|2018 Jul 21||24.79||01h 11m 51s||-07° 54’ 29”||Cetus|
|2018 Jul 22||24.81||01h 12m 15s||-08° 06’ 14”||Cetus|
|2018 Jul 23||24.83||01h 12m 41s||-08° 18’ 06”||Cetus|
Distance of Comet C/2017 P2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2017 P2 (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/2017 P2 (PANSTARRS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet C/2017 P2 (PANSTARRS)
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2017 P2 (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.
Comet C/2017 P2 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2017 P2 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 01 September 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457998.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||2.46180680 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2017-Dec-06 13:26:51
|Next perihelion transit||46142-Oct-24 22:43
|Argument of perihelion||peri||132.2377076654°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||165.54593798376°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2017-Jul-19|
|Distance of closest approach*||2.59854899 AU
* 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.