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Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2018 F4 (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 F4 (PANSTARRS) in Centaurus on March, 25 2019
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
13h 35m 14s
-54° 45’ 02”
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17.06
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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 F4 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times

Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2018 F4 (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 F4 (PANSTARRS)
View Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2018 F4 (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 F4 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Mar 18 13h 47m 38s -53° 10’ 56” 17.15 Centaurus
2019 Mar 19 13h 46m 05s -53° 24’ 11” 17.14 Centaurus
2019 Mar 20 13h 44m 31s -53° 37’ 15” 17.12 Centaurus
2019 Mar 21 13h 42m 56s -53° 50’ 08” 17.11 Centaurus
2019 Mar 22 13h 41m 17s -54° 02’ 49” 17.10 Centaurus
2019 Mar 23 13h 39m 34s -54° 15’ 19” 17.09 Centaurus
2019 Mar 24 13h 37m 50s -54° 27’ 36” 17.08 Centaurus
2019 Mar 25 13h 36m 05s -54° 39’ 38” 17.06 Centaurus
2019 Mar 26 13h 34m 14s -54° 51’ 27” 17.05 Centaurus
2019 Mar 27 13h 32m 23s -55° 03’ 01” 17.04 Centaurus
2019 Mar 28 13h 30m 29s -55° 14’ 20” 17.03 Centaurus
2019 Mar 29 13h 28m 33s -55° 25’ 23” 17.02 Centaurus
2019 Mar 30 13h 26m 35s -55° 36’ 11” 17.01 Centaurus
2019 Mar 31 13h 24m 33s -55° 46’ 41” 17.00 Centaurus

Distance of Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2018 F4 (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 F4 (PANSTARRS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

Light Curve of Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2018 F4 (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 F4 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 18 April 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458227.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00077403
Orbit inclination i 78.16033388°
Perihelion distance q 3.44170658 AU
514,871,977 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Dec-04 02:30:38
2,458,821.6046 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 263.16676450013°
Longitude of the ascending node node 26.519230044716°
Mean anomaly M -0.0019748954418444°
Mean motion n 0.00000332°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2019-May-07
Distance of closest approach* 3.25331658 AU
486,689,234 km

* 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.