Comet C/2017 S3 (PANSTARRS)
Comet C/2017 S3 (PANSTARRS) Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2017 S3 (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 S3 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times
Comet C/2017 S3 (PANSTARRS) is circumpolar from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] and transits at 09:29 UTC (altitude: 87.8°)
Comet C/2017 S3 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2017 S3 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2017 S3 (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 S3 (PANSTARRS) Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2017 S3 (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 S3 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2018 Apr 16||16.91||23h 20m 07s||+53° 07’ 37”||Andromeda|
|2018 Apr 17||16.87||23h 22m 13s||+53° 12’ 03”||Cassiopeia|
|2018 Apr 18||16.83||23h 24m 19s||+53° 16’ 35”||Cassiopeia|
|2018 Apr 19||16.80||23h 26m 25s||+53° 21’ 11”||Cassiopeia|
|2018 Apr 20||16.76||23h 28m 32s||+53° 25’ 50”||Cassiopeia|
|2018 Apr 21||16.72||23h 30m 38s||+53° 30’ 33”||Cassiopeia|
|2018 Apr 22||16.69||23h 32m 47s||+53° 35’ 22”||Cassiopeia|
|2018 Apr 23||16.65||23h 34m 54s||+53° 40’ 14”||Cassiopeia|
|2018 Apr 24||16.61||23h 37m 04s||+53° 45’ 11”||Cassiopeia|
|2018 Apr 25||16.57||23h 39m 12s||+53° 50’ 11”||Cassiopeia|
|2018 Apr 26||16.53||23h 41m 22s||+53° 55’ 14”||Cassiopeia|
|2018 Apr 27||16.50||23h 43m 33s||+54° 00’ 21”||Cassiopeia|
|2018 Apr 28||16.46||23h 45m 44s||+54° 05’ 33”||Cassiopeia|
|2018 Apr 29||16.42||23h 47m 56s||+54° 10’ 46”||Cassiopeia|
Distance of Comet C/2017 S3 (PANSTARRS) from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2017 S3 (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 S3 (PANSTARRS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet C/2017 S3 (PANSTARRS)
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2017 S3 (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 S3 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2017 S3 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 07 October 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458034.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||0.20833983 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2018-Aug-15 22:35:34
|Argument of perihelion||peri||255.89613276833°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||171.02194568409°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2018-Aug-07|
|Distance of closest approach*||0.75800940 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.