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Comet C/2017 S2 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet C/2017 S2 (PANSTARRS) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2017 S2 (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 S2 (PANSTARRS) in Taurus on December, 10 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
05h 07m 15s
+27° 14’ 45”
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25.27
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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 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/2017 S2 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet C/2017 S2 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 62.8°
Max altitude: 65.8°
Azimuth: 297.2°

Comet C/2017 S2 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2017 S2 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2017 S2 (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 S2 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet C/2017 S2 (PANSTARRS) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2017 S2 (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 S2 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Dec 03 05h 11m 35s +27° 08’ 18” 25.18 Taurus
2018 Dec 04 05h 11m 00s +27° 09’ 15” 25.19 Taurus
2018 Dec 05 05h 10m 27s +27° 10’ 10” 25.21 Taurus
2018 Dec 06 05h 09m 52s +27° 11’ 04” 25.22 Taurus
2018 Dec 07 05h 09m 19s +27° 11’ 56” 25.23 Taurus
2018 Dec 08 05h 08m 44s +27° 12’ 46” 25.24 Taurus
2018 Dec 09 05h 08m 09s +27° 13’ 32” 25.25 Taurus
2018 Dec 10 05h 07m 36s +27° 14’ 18” 25.26 Taurus
2018 Dec 11 05h 07m 01s +27° 15’ 02” 25.28 Taurus
2018 Dec 12 05h 06m 26s +27° 15’ 46” 25.29 Taurus
2018 Dec 13 05h 05m 53s +27° 16’ 26” 25.30 Taurus
2018 Dec 14 05h 05m 20s +27° 17’ 04” 25.32 Taurus
2018 Dec 15 05h 04m 45s +27° 17’ 43” 25.33 Taurus
2018 Dec 16 05h 04m 13s +27° 18’ 17” 25.34 Taurus

Distance of Comet C/2017 S2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2017 S2 (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 S2 (PANSTARRS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/2017 S2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet C/2017 S2 (PANSTARRS)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2017 S2 (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 S2 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet C/2017 S2 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2017 S2 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 02 October 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458029.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.82311658
Orbit inclination i 12.68333119°
Perihelion distance q 3.61449885 AU
540,721,332 km
Aphelion distance Q 37.25421504 AU
5,573,151,255 km
Semi-major axis a 20.43435694 AU
3,056,936,294 km
Orbital period period 92.3700 years
33,739.5969 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Aug-29 07:50:40
2,457,994.8269 JD
Next perihelion transit 2110-Jan-13 22:10
2,491,734.4238 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 305.97039951987°
Longitude of the ascending node node 62.427828044056°
Mean anomaly M 0.36996092649904°
Mean motion n 0.01066996°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2017-Oct-07
Distance of closest approach* 2.64823741 AU
396,170,679 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.