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Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS)

Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Leo. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) is 11h 45m 08s and the Declination is +16° 43’ 37” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) is 16.23 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

11h 45m 08s
+16° 43’ 37”
Leo
16.23
  • C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West direction at an altitude of 23° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) rise and set times.
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Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2022 A2 (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/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) in Leo on September, 24 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) in Leo on September, 24 2022
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/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS)
RA: 11h 45m 08s
Dec: +16° 43’ 37”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 518,515,723 kilometers, equivalent to 3.466064 Astronomical Units. Light takes 28 minutes and 49.5823 seconds to travel from Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

518,515,723
3.466064
28 minutes and 49.5823 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2022 A2 (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/2022 A2 (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/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Tue Jan 17 2023 at a distance of 1.612817 Astronomical Units, or 241,274,054 kilometers:

Tue Jan 17 2023
241,274,054
1.612817

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

Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) is 16.23.

16.23
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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 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/2022 A2 (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/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet C/2022 A2 (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/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 73.3°
Max altitude: 55.2°
Azimuth: 286.7°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet C/2022 A2 (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/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 24 March 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459663.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00062380
Orbit inclination i 108.14756480°
Perihelion distance q 1.73519568 AU
259,581,579 km
Aphelion distance Q n.a.
Semi-major axis a n.a.
Orbital period period n.a.
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2023-Feb-18 05:39:47
2,459,993.7360 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 88.362697931923°
Longitude of the ascending node node 171.58027948814°
Mean anomaly M -0.0022185502727542°
Mean motion n 0.00000672°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2022 A2 (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/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS)
View Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2022 A2 (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/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2022 Sep 17 11h 36m 11s +16° 04’ 37” 16.40 Leo
2022 Sep 18 11h 37m 19s +16° 09’ 26” 16.38 Leo
2022 Sep 19 11h 38m 27s +16° 14’ 20” 16.36 Leo
2022 Sep 20 11h 39m 37s +16° 19’ 17” 16.34 Leo
2022 Sep 21 11h 40m 46s +16° 24’ 20” 16.32 Leo
2022 Sep 22 11h 41m 57s +16° 29’ 26” 16.29 Leo
2022 Sep 23 11h 43m 08s +16° 34’ 40” 16.27 Leo
2022 Sep 24 11h 44m 18s +16° 39’ 57” 16.25 Leo
2022 Sep 25 11h 45m 30s +16° 45’ 21” 16.22 Leo
2022 Sep 26 11h 46m 42s +16° 50’ 51” 16.20 Leo
2022 Sep 27 11h 47m 56s +16° 56’ 26” 16.18 Leo
2022 Sep 28 11h 49m 09s +17° 02’ 09” 16.15 Leo
2022 Sep 29 11h 50m 22s +17° 07’ 59” 16.13 Leo
2022 Sep 30 11h 51m 38s +17° 13’ 54” 16.11 Leo