Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS)
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.
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/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times
Today's Comet C/2018 A1 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.
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!
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.
|2019 Apr 17||10h 20m 07s||-07° 02’ 14”||24.52||Sextans|
|2019 Apr 18||10h 19m 46s||-07° 01’ 28”||24.53||Sextans|
|2019 Apr 19||10h 19m 27s||-07° 00’ 43”||24.54||Sextans|
|2019 Apr 20||10h 19m 09s||-07° 00’ 00”||24.56||Sextans|
|2019 Apr 21||10h 18m 51s||-06° 59’ 18”||24.57||Sextans|
|2019 Apr 22||10h 18m 33s||-06° 58’ 39”||24.59||Sextans|
|2019 Apr 23||10h 18m 16s||-06° 58’ 00”||24.61||Sextans|
|2019 Apr 24||10h 18m 02s||-06° 57’ 24”||24.62||Sextans|
|2019 Apr 25||10h 17m 47s||-06° 56’ 50”||24.64||Sextans|
|2019 Apr 26||10h 17m 33s||-06° 56’ 20”||24.65||Sextans|
|2019 Apr 27||10h 17m 20s||-06° 55’ 50”||24.67||Sextans|
|2019 Apr 28||10h 17m 07s||-06° 55’ 22”||24.68||Sextans|
|2019 Apr 29||10h 16m 55s||-06° 54’ 56”||24.70||Sextans|
|2019 Apr 30||10h 16m 45s||-06° 54’ 34”||24.71||Sextans|
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.
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.
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
|Perihelion distance||q||2.41935291 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2017-Oct-20 10:16:29
|Next perihelion transit||2145-Feb-03 10:37
|Argument of perihelion||peri||96.385347877422°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||336.6210121837°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2018-Jan-16|
|Distance of closest approach*||1.94303435 AU
* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2100-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.