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]:
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) brightness
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.
Comet C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) rise and set times
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
|Perihelion distance||q||1.73519568 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2023-Feb-18 05:39:47
|Argument of perihelion||peri||88.362697931923°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||171.58027948814°|
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!
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.
|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|