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Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.

More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) in Pisces on April, 21 2019
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
00h 22m 48s
+02° 14’ 39”
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35.70
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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 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.

Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 87.8°
Max altitude: 40.8°
Azimuth: 272.3°

Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet P/2016 BA14 (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 P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Apr 14 00h 17m 12s +01° 45’ 29” 35.73 Pisces
2019 Apr 15 00h 17m 58s +01° 49’ 28” 35.72 Pisces
2019 Apr 16 00h 18m 43s +01° 53’ 29” 35.72 Pisces
2019 Apr 17 00h 19m 30s +01° 57’ 27” 35.71 Pisces
2019 Apr 18 00h 20m 15s +02° 01’ 23” 35.71 Pisces
2019 Apr 19 00h 21m 01s +02° 05’ 21” 35.71 Pisces
2019 Apr 20 00h 21m 46s +02° 09’ 15” 35.70 Pisces
2019 Apr 21 00h 22m 31s +02° 13’ 09” 35.70 Pisces
2019 Apr 22 00h 23m 16s +02° 17’ 03” 35.69 Pisces
2019 Apr 23 00h 24m 01s +02° 20’ 53” 35.69 Pisces
2019 Apr 24 00h 24m 46s +02° 24’ 45” 35.68 Pisces
2019 Apr 25 00h 25m 29s +02° 28’ 33” 35.68 Pisces
2019 Apr 26 00h 26m 14s +02° 32’ 21” 35.67 Pisces
2019 Apr 27 00h 26m 58s +02° 36’ 09” 35.67 Cetus

Distance of Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval.

The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

Light Curve of Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet P/2016 BA14 (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 P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 18 October 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457680.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.66617928
Orbit inclination i 18.91808899°
Perihelion distance q 1.00866495 AU
150,894,129 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.03448876 AU
753,148,799 km
Semi-major axis a 3.02157685 AU
452,021,464 km
Orbital period period 5.2500 years
1,918.4430 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Mar-15 12:17:43
2,457,463.0123 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Jun-15 22:55
2,459,381.4553 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 351.90221537502°
Longitude of the ascending node node 180.53122324159°
Mean anomaly M 40.812037989448°
Mean motion n 0.18765218°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2016-Mar-23
Distance of closest approach* 0.02383901 AU
3,566,265 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2100-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.