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Comet C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS)

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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.

Comet C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) in Eridanus on October, 16 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
03h 52m 40s
-05° 34’ 34”

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.

Azimuth: 95.6°
Max altitude: 33.0°
Azimuth: 264.4°

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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS)
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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.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Oct 09 03h 55m 59s -05° 20’ 05” 16.90 Eridanus
2018 Oct 10 03h 55m 36s -05° 22’ 01” 16.89 Eridanus
2018 Oct 11 03h 55m 13s -05° 23’ 57” 16.87 Eridanus
2018 Oct 12 03h 54m 47s -05° 25’ 50” 16.86 Eridanus
2018 Oct 13 03h 54m 23s -05° 27’ 42” 16.85 Eridanus
2018 Oct 14 03h 53m 57s -05° 29’ 32” 16.84 Eridanus
2018 Oct 15 03h 53m 30s -05° 31’ 20” 16.82 Eridanus
2018 Oct 16 03h 53m 03s -05° 33’ 07” 16.81 Eridanus
2018 Oct 17 03h 52m 36s -05° 34’ 53” 16.80 Eridanus
2018 Oct 18 03h 52m 06s -05° 36’ 34” 16.79 Eridanus
2018 Oct 19 03h 51m 38s -05° 38’ 16” 16.78 Eridanus
2018 Oct 20 03h 51m 09s -05° 39’ 54” 16.76 Eridanus
2018 Oct 21 03h 50m 39s -05° 41’ 29” 16.75 Eridanus
2018 Oct 22 03h 50m 08s -05° 43’ 01” 16.74 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.

Distance of Comet C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 20 November 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458078.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00000646
Orbit inclination i 57.22973302°
Perihelion distance q 1.61336743 AU
241,356,333 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-May-04 17:00:09
2,458,974.2084 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 93.013569888895°
Longitude of the ascending node node 64.383846372526°
Mean anomaly M -7.0755634009176E-6°
Mean motion n 0.00000001°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2019-Dec-29
Distance of closest approach* 1.52024101 AU
227,424,819 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.