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Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS)

Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Hydra. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) is 11h 35m 30s and the Declination is -29° 03’ 31” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) is 28.72 (JPL).

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11h 35m 30s
-29° 03’ 31”

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Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Map showing Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) in Hydra on October, 31 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) in Hydra on October, 31 2020
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 11h 35m 30s
Dec: -29° 03’ 31”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 1,496,704,090 kilometers, equivalent to 10.004849 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 23 minutes and 12.4675 seconds to travel from Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

1 hours, 23 minutes and 12.4675 seconds

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

Closest approach of Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Tue Jan 16 2018 at a distance of 1.943034 Astronomical Units, or 290,673,808 kilometers:

Tue Jan 16 2018

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

Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) is 28.72.


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/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 2100

Comet C/2018 A1 (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/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 119.0°
Max altitude: 9.5°
Azimuth: 241.0°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2018 A1 (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/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 05 February 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458155.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.90438796
Orbit inclination i 53.56000862°
Perihelion distance q 2.41935291 AU
361,930,045 km
Aphelion distance Q 48.18834965 AU
7,208,874,515 km
Semi-major axis a 25.30385128 AU
3,785,402,280 km
Orbital period period 127.2900 years
46,492.0147 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Oct-20 10:16:29
2,458,046.9281 JD
Next perihelion transit 2145-Feb-03 10:37
2,504,538.9428 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 96.385347877527°
Longitude of the ascending node node 336.62101218368°
Mean anomaly M 0.8407008404183°
Mean motion n 0.00774327°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) Orbit

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) 15 Days 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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Oct 24 11h 32m 56s -28° 25’ 00” 28.69 Hydra
2020 Oct 25 11h 33m 15s -28° 29’ 50” 28.70 Hydra
2020 Oct 26 11h 33m 36s -28° 34’ 42” 28.70 Hydra
2020 Oct 27 11h 33m 56s -28° 39’ 36” 28.70 Hydra
2020 Oct 28 11h 34m 15s -28° 44’ 30” 28.70 Hydra
2020 Oct 29 11h 34m 36s -28° 49’ 24” 28.71 Hydra
2020 Oct 30 11h 34m 54s -28° 54’ 20” 28.71 Hydra
2020 Oct 31 11h 35m 13s -28° 59’ 17” 28.71 Hydra
2020 Nov 01 11h 35m 32s -29° 04’ 14” 28.72 Hydra
2020 Nov 02 11h 35m 52s -29° 09’ 12” 28.72 Hydra
2020 Nov 03 11h 36m 10s -29° 14’ 12” 28.72 Hydra
2020 Nov 04 11h 36m 28s -29° 19’ 12” 28.73 Hydra
2020 Nov 05 11h 36m 46s -29° 24’ 11” 28.73 Hydra
2020 Nov 06 11h 37m 02s -29° 29’ 12” 28.73 Hydra