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Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) Position

Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Centaurus. The current Right Ascension is 11h 31m 15s and the Declination is -59° 02’ 54”.

11h 31m 15s
-59° 02’ 54”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) in Centaurus on September, 15 2019
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Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 11h 31m 15s
Dec: -59° 02’ 54”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) Distance

The distance of Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 579,429,005 kilometers, equivalent to 3.873244 Astronomical Units. Light takes 32 minutes and 12.7671 seconds to travel from Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

32 minutes and 12.7671 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2018 F4 (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 F4 (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 F4 (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 F4 (PANSTARRS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Tue May 7 2019 at a distance of 3.25346171 Astronomical Units, or 486,710,945 kilometers:

Tue May 7 2019

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

Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) is 16.71.


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.

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) rise and set times

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Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

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

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 24 June 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458294.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00108327
Orbit inclination i 78.13765717°
Perihelion distance q 3.44140504 AU
514,826,868 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 00:23:41
2,458,821.5165 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 263.16547054605°
Longitude of the ascending node node 26.518446576884°
Mean anomaly M -0.0029008891295601°
Mean motion n 0.00000550°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) Orbit

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)
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Comet C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) 15 Days 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 Sep 08 11h 24m 11s -57° 40’ 12” 16.72 Centaurus
2019 Sep 09 11h 25m 05s -57° 50’ 30” 16.72 Centaurus
2019 Sep 10 11h 26m 00s -58° 01’ 00” 16.72 Centaurus
2019 Sep 11 11h 26m 56s -58° 11’ 40” 16.72 Centaurus
2019 Sep 12 11h 27m 51s -58° 22’ 33” 16.71 Centaurus
2019 Sep 13 11h 28m 48s -58° 33’ 38” 16.71 Centaurus
2019 Sep 14 11h 29m 44s -58° 44’ 53” 16.71 Centaurus
2019 Sep 15 11h 30m 42s -58° 56’ 20” 16.71 Centaurus
2019 Sep 16 11h 31m 41s -59° 07’ 58” 16.71 Centaurus
2019 Sep 17 11h 32m 39s -59° 19’ 47” 16.71 Centaurus
2019 Sep 18 11h 33m 38s -59° 31’ 48” 16.71 Centaurus
2019 Sep 19 11h 34m 39s -59° 43’ 59” 16.71 Centaurus
2019 Sep 20 11h 35m 39s -59° 56’ 22” 16.71 Centaurus
2019 Sep 21 11h 36m 41s -60° 08’ 57” 16.70 Centaurus