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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 Pisces on January, 23 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
01h 28m 11s
+03° 16’ 19”
 = 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/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 local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 86.7°
Max altitude: 41.8°
Azimuth: 273.3°

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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Jan 16 21.86 01h 23m 14s +02° 21’ 24” Cetus
2018 Jan 17 21.87 01h 23m 54s +02° 29’ 09” Cetus
2018 Jan 18 21.88 01h 24m 37s +02° 36’ 56” Cetus
2018 Jan 19 21.90 01h 25m 18s +02° 44’ 47” Pisces
2018 Jan 20 21.91 01h 26m 00s +02° 52’ 37” Pisces
2018 Jan 21 21.92 01h 26m 44s +03° 00’ 30” Pisces
2018 Jan 22 21.93 01h 27m 27s +03° 08’ 25” Pisces
2018 Jan 23 21.95 01h 28m 11s +03° 16’ 19” Pisces
2018 Jan 24 21.96 01h 28m 56s +03° 24’ 16” Pisces
2018 Jan 25 21.97 01h 29m 42s +03° 32’ 15” Pisces
2018 Jan 26 21.98 01h 30m 28s +03° 40’ 14” Pisces
2018 Jan 27 21.99 01h 31m 14s +03° 48’ 14” Pisces
2018 Jan 28 22.01 01h 32m 02s +03° 56’ 16” Pisces
2018 Jan 29 22.02 01h 32m 49s +04° 04’ 18” Pisces

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 28 September 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458025.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.82312752
Orbit inclination i 12.68310239°
Perihelion distance q 3.61444940 AU
540,713,934 km
Aphelion distance Q 37.25623144 AU
5,573,452,906 km
Semi-major axis a 20.43534042 AU
3,057,083,420 km
Orbital period period 92.3800 years
33,742.0327 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Aug-29 06:44:52
2,457,994.7812 JD
Next perihelion transit 2110-Jan-16 07:31
2,491,736.8139 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 305.96047357524°
Longitude of the ascending node node 62.42879979651°
Mean anomaly M 0.3277450087548°
Mean motion n 0.01066919°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2017-Oct-07
Distance of closest approach* 2.64822142 AU
396,168,286 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.