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Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2018 A1 (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/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) in Lynx on March, 18 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
08h 15m 56s
+55° 42’ 54”
 = 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/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times

Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) is circumpolar from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] and transits at 20:30 UTC (altitude: 85.8°)

Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2018 A1 (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/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2018 A1 (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/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Mar 11 19.50 08h 18m 23s +58° 40’ 23” Lynx
2018 Mar 12 19.52 08h 17m 52s +58° 14’ 51” Lynx
2018 Mar 13 19.54 08h 17m 25s +57° 49’ 23” Lynx
2018 Mar 14 19.56 08h 17m 00s +57° 23’ 57” Lynx
2018 Mar 15 19.58 08h 16m 41s +56° 58’ 35” Lynx
2018 Mar 16 19.61 08h 16m 23s +56° 33’ 15” Lynx
2018 Mar 17 19.63 08h 16m 08s +56° 08’ 03” Lynx
2018 Mar 18 19.65 08h 15m 56s +55° 42’ 54” Lynx
2018 Mar 19 19.67 08h 15m 47s +55° 17’ 50” Lynx
2018 Mar 20 19.70 08h 15m 41s +54° 52’ 54” Lynx
2018 Mar 21 19.72 08h 15m 37s +54° 28’ 04” Lynx
2018 Mar 22 19.74 08h 15m 34s +54° 03’ 20” Lynx
2018 Mar 23 19.76 08h 15m 35s +53° 38’ 44” Lynx
2018 Mar 24 19.79 08h 15m 38s +53° 14’ 13” Lynx

Distance of Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2018 A1 (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/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2018 A1 (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/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 24 January 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458143.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.90434467
Orbit inclination i 53.55719502°
Perihelion distance q 2.41908080 AU
361,889,338 km
Aphelion distance Q 48.16003252 AU
7,204,638,333 km
Semi-major axis a 25.28955666 AU
3,783,263,835 km
Orbital period period 127.1800 years
46,452.6240 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Oct-20 09:17:01
2,458,046.8868 JD
Next perihelion transit 2144-Dec-26 00:15
2,504,499.5108 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 96.366276454002°
Longitude of the ascending node node 336.62442204112°
Mean anomaly M 0.74873580931264°
Mean motion n 0.00774983°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2018-Jan-16
Distance of closest approach* 1.94293516 AU
290,658,963 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.