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Comet C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS)

Altitude: 26.3°   Azimuth: 288.2°   Direction: West-North-West

Comet C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Andromeda. The current Right Ascension of Comet C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) is 00h 48m 17s and the Declination is +31° 26’ 28” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) is 20.06 (JPL).

00h 48m 17s
+31° 26’ 28”

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/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 58.6°
Max altitude: 70.0°
Azimuth: 301.4°
  • C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the West-North-West direction at an altitude of 26° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Available Resources

Comet C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet C/2023 R1 (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.

Finder chart of C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) in Andromeda on September,24 2023
Map showing Comet C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) in Andromeda on September, 24 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS)
Map showing Comet C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) in Andromeda on September, 24 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 00h 48m 17s
Dec: +31° 26’ 28”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 1,125,392,193 kilometers, equivalent to 7.522782 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 2 minutes and 33.9043 seconds to travel from Comet C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

1 hours, 2 minutes and 33.9043 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2023 R1 (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/2023 R1 (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/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) to Earth

Between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2099, the closest approach of Comet C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Sat Jun 13 2026 at a distance of 2.621922 Astronomical Units, or 392,233,981 kilometers:

Sat Jun 13 2026

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

Comet C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2023 R1 (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/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) as a function of time

Comet C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 04 September 2023 00:00 UTC (JD: 2460192.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99717592
Orbit inclination i 149.31048123°
Perihelion distance q 3.56793016 AU
533,754,756 km
Aphelion distance Q 2,523.22348279 AU
377,468,861,083 km
Semi-major axis a 1,263.39570648 AU
189,001,307,919 km
Orbital period period 44,907.3365 years
16,402,404.6517 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2026-Apr-15 22:07:21
2,461,146.4218 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 144.43147012111°
Longitude of the ascending node node 62.538584256169°
Mean anomaly M 359.9790633234°
Mean motion n 0.00002195°/day

Visualization of Comet C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2023 R1 (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/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS)
View Comet C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Comet C/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2023 R1 (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/2023 R1 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Sep 17 00h 53m 32s +31° 37’ 44” 20.10 Pisces
2023 Sep 18 00h 52m 50s +31° 36’ 28” 20.10 Pisces
2023 Sep 19 00h 52m 08s +31° 35’ 06” 20.09 Pisces
2023 Sep 20 00h 51m 24s +31° 33’ 39” 20.08 Pisces
2023 Sep 21 00h 50m 40s +31° 32’ 07” 20.08 Pisces
2023 Sep 22 00h 49m 57s +31° 30’ 29” 20.07 Pisces
2023 Sep 23 00h 49m 13s +31° 28’ 46” 20.06 Andromeda
2023 Sep 24 00h 48m 29s +31° 26’ 57” 20.06 Andromeda
2023 Sep 25 00h 47m 44s +31° 25’ 05” 20.05 Andromeda
2023 Sep 26 00h 46m 59s +31° 23’ 04” 20.04 Andromeda
2023 Sep 27 00h 46m 14s +31° 21’ 01” 20.04 Andromeda
2023 Sep 28 00h 45m 29s +31° 18’ 51” 20.03 Andromeda
2023 Sep 29 00h 44m 43s +31° 16’ 35” 20.02 Andromeda
2023 Sep 30 00h 43m 58s +31° 14’ 15” 20.02 Andromeda