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Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) Position

Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Vulpecula. The current Right Ascension is 19h 48m 30s and the Declination is +19° 52’ 13”.

19h 48m 30s
+19° 52’ 13”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) in Vulpecula on January, 22 2020
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 19h 48m 30s
Dec: +19° 52’ 13”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 878,592,698 kilometers, equivalent to 5.873029 Astronomical Units. Light takes 48 minutes and 50.6698 seconds to travel from Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

48 minutes and 50.6698 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Distance of Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Tue May 25 2021 at a distance of 3.89701422 Astronomical Units, or 582,985,030 kilometers:

Tue May 25 2021

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) is 18.38.


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 behavior 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.

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2017 Y2 (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 Y2 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 70.1°
Max altitude: 58.4°
Azimuth: 289.9°
Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 11 June 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458646.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00016651
Orbit inclination i 128.43065444°
Perihelion distance q 4.63328707 AU
693,129,882 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Nov-04 08:28:58
2,459,157.8535 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 147.81058026657°
Longitude of the ascending node node 65.971914298892°
Mean anomaly M -0.00010858202405689°
Mean motion n 0.00000021°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2017 Y2 (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 Y2 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet C/2017 Y2 (PANSTARRS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2017 Y2 (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 Y2 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Jan 15 19h 45m 47s +20° 07’ 59” 18.41 Vulpecula
2020 Jan 16 19h 46m 09s +20° 05’ 26” 18.41 Vulpecula
2020 Jan 17 19h 46m 32s +20° 03’ 00” 18.40 Vulpecula
2020 Jan 18 19h 46m 55s +20° 00’ 39” 18.40 Vulpecula
2020 Jan 19 19h 47m 18s +19° 58’ 27” 18.40 Vulpecula
2020 Jan 20 19h 47m 42s +19° 56’ 20” 18.39 Vulpecula
2020 Jan 21 19h 48m 05s +19° 54’ 20” 18.39 Vulpecula
2020 Jan 22 19h 48m 28s +19° 52’ 27” 18.38 Vulpecula
2020 Jan 23 19h 48m 51s +19° 50’ 40” 18.38 Vulpecula
2020 Jan 24 19h 49m 14s +19° 49’ 00” 18.38 Vulpecula
2020 Jan 25 19h 49m 36s +19° 47’ 26” 18.37 Vulpecula
2020 Jan 26 19h 49m 59s +19° 46’ 00” 18.37 Vulpecula
2020 Jan 27 19h 50m 21s +19° 44’ 39” 18.36 Vulpecula
2020 Jan 28 19h 50m 44s +19° 43’ 24” 18.36 Vulpecula