Comet C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS)
Comet C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2017 T2 (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.
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 T2 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times
Today's Comet C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.
Comet C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2017 T2 (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 T2 (PANSTARRS) Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2017 T2 (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 T2 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2018 Dec 08||03h 20m 04s||-05° 36’ 15”||16.20||Eridanus|
|2018 Dec 09||03h 19m 26s||-05° 33’ 56”||16.19||Eridanus|
|2018 Dec 10||03h 18m 47s||-05° 31’ 30”||16.19||Eridanus|
|2018 Dec 11||03h 18m 10s||-05° 28’ 59”||16.18||Eridanus|
|2018 Dec 12||03h 17m 31s||-05° 26’ 21”||16.17||Eridanus|
|2018 Dec 13||03h 16m 54s||-05° 23’ 38”||16.17||Eridanus|
|2018 Dec 14||03h 16m 18s||-05° 20’ 48”||16.16||Eridanus|
|2018 Dec 15||03h 15m 42s||-05° 17’ 53”||16.15||Eridanus|
|2018 Dec 16||03h 15m 06s||-05° 14’ 53”||16.15||Eridanus|
|2018 Dec 17||03h 14m 30s||-05° 11’ 45”||16.14||Eridanus|
|2018 Dec 18||03h 13m 55s||-05° 08’ 34”||16.14||Eridanus|
|2018 Dec 19||03h 13m 21s||-05° 05’ 15”||16.13||Eridanus|
|2018 Dec 20||03h 12m 47s||-05° 01’ 51”||16.13||Eridanus|
|2018 Dec 21||03h 12m 14s||-04° 58’ 22”||16.12||Eridanus|
Distance of Comet C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2017 T2 (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 T2 (PANSTARRS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS)
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2017 T2 (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 T2 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 20 March 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458198.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||1.61378471 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2020-May-04 19:24:23
|Argument of perihelion||peri||93.012762137567°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||64.380294339089°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2019-Dec-29|
|Distance of closest approach*||1.52040201 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.