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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.

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Comet C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) in Eridanus on January, 24 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
02h 52m 50s
-14° 07’ 50”
18.95
 = 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 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 local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 104.1°
Max altitude: 24.4°
Azimuth: 255.9°

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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Jan 17 18.96 02h 53m 38s -14° 38’ 17” Eridanus
2018 Jan 18 18.96 02h 53m 30s -14° 34’ 04” Eridanus
2018 Jan 19 18.96 02h 53m 21s -14° 29’ 48” Eridanus
2018 Jan 20 18.96 02h 53m 15s -14° 25’ 28” Eridanus
2018 Jan 21 18.96 02h 53m 08s -14° 21’ 07” Eridanus
2018 Jan 22 18.95 02h 53m 00s -14° 16’ 45” Eridanus
2018 Jan 23 18.95 02h 52m 55s -14° 12’ 19” Eridanus
2018 Jan 24 18.95 02h 52m 50s -14° 07’ 50” Eridanus
2018 Jan 25 18.95 02h 52m 45s -14° 03’ 20” Eridanus
2018 Jan 26 18.95 02h 52m 41s -13° 58’ 49” Eridanus
2018 Jan 27 18.94 02h 52m 36s -13° 54’ 14” Eridanus
2018 Jan 28 18.94 02h 52m 33s -13° 49’ 37” Eridanus
2018 Jan 29 18.94 02h 52m 31s -13° 45’ 00” Eridanus
2018 Jan 30 18.94 02h 52m 28s -13° 40’ 19” 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 21 October 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458048.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99980419
Orbit inclination i 57.22472883°
Perihelion distance q 1.61341026 AU
241,362,740 km
Aphelion distance Q 16,477.53651647 AU
2,465,004,382,189 km
Semi-major axis a 8,239.57496336 AU
1,232,622,872,464 km
Orbital period period 747,937.6900 years
273,184,239.7010 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-May-04 21:34:16
2,458,974.3988 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 93.022664663543°
Longitude of the ascending node node 64.388279564802°
Mean anomaly M 359.99877985798°
Mean motion n 0.00000132°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2019-Dec-29
Distance of closest approach* 1.52175387 AU
227,651,138 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.