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public LocationGreenwich, United Kingdom
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 12:58 
Sunset: 21:15
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Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS)

Below the horizon.  Rise: 3:31 | Tran: 7:45 | Set: 12:00
Altitude: -40.4°   Azimuth: 291.8°   Direction: West-North-West

Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Cetus, at a distance of 821,941,256 kilometers from Earth. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) is 00h 18m 13s and the Declination is -19° 19’ 42” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) is 20.83 (JPL).

Finder chart of C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) in Cetus on June,14 2024
Map showing Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) in Cetus on June, 14 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) is a comet discovered by the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) on January 10, 2022. The comet has a parabolic-like and retrograde orbit with a perihelion distance of 1.73 astronomical units (AU). It has reached its maximum brightness in January 2023, during its perihelion passage, and now it is becoming fainter as it is moving away from the sun.

00h 18m 13s
-19° 19’ 42”

The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted 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.

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) from Greenwich, United Kingdom (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 109.3°
Max altitude: 19.2°
Azimuth: 250.7°

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Additional Resources

Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) Position and Finder Charts

Finder chart of C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS)
Map showing Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) in Cetus on June, 14 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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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.

RA: 00h 18m 13s
Dec: -19° 19’ 42”
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 821,941,256 kilometers, equivalent to 5.494338 Astronomical Units. Light takes 45 minutes and 41.7009 seconds to travel from Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

45 minutes and 41.7009 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.

Chart of the distance of Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Tue Jan 17 2023 at a distance of 1.612790 Astronomical Units, or 241,269,937 kilometers:

Tue Jan 17 2023

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

Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) Brightness and Light Curve

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.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) as a function of time

Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 11 July 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459772.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 1.00052545
Orbit inclination i 108.14817841°
Perihelion distance q 1.73528351 AU
259,594,718 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 06:01:09
2,459,993.7508 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 88.362599362381°
Longitude of the ascending node node 171.58022235331°
Mean anomaly M -0.0011490267918613°
Mean motion n 0.00000519°/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)
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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
2024 Jun 07 00h 17m 00s -18° 29’ 12” 20.79 Cetus
2024 Jun 08 00h 17m 12s -18° 35’ 29” 20.80 Cetus
2024 Jun 09 00h 17m 23s -18° 41’ 52” 20.80 Cetus
2024 Jun 10 00h 17m 34s -18° 48’ 20” 20.81 Cetus
2024 Jun 11 00h 17m 44s -18° 54’ 53” 20.81 Cetus
2024 Jun 12 00h 17m 53s -19° 01’ 33” 20.82 Cetus
2024 Jun 13 00h 18m 01s -19° 08’ 20” 20.82 Cetus
2024 Jun 14 00h 18m 09s -19° 15’ 11” 20.83 Cetus
2024 Jun 15 00h 18m 15s -19° 22’ 09” 20.83 Cetus
2024 Jun 16 00h 18m 23s -19° 29’ 12” 20.84 Cetus
2024 Jun 17 00h 18m 29s -19° 36’ 21” 20.84 Cetus
2024 Jun 18 00h 18m 33s -19° 43’ 36” 20.85 Cetus
2024 Jun 19 00h 18m 38s -19° 50’ 57” 20.85 Cetus
2024 Jun 20 00h 18m 42s -19° 58’ 23” 20.86 Cetus