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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 Aquarius on December, 15 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
22h 57m 47s
-04° 37’ 15”
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35.55
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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: 94.6°
Max altitude: 33.9°
Azimuth: 265.4°

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
2018 Dec 08 22h 55m 44s -04° 39’ 19” 35.51 Aquarius
2018 Dec 09 22h 55m 59s -04° 39’ 16” 35.51 Aquarius
2018 Dec 10 22h 56m 14s -04° 39’ 10” 35.52 Aquarius
2018 Dec 11 22h 56m 30s -04° 38’ 57” 35.53 Aquarius
2018 Dec 12 22h 56m 48s -04° 38’ 40” 35.53 Aquarius
2018 Dec 13 22h 57m 06s -04° 38’ 20” 35.54 Aquarius
2018 Dec 14 22h 57m 24s -04° 37’ 54” 35.55 Aquarius
2018 Dec 15 22h 57m 42s -04° 37’ 23” 35.55 Aquarius
2018 Dec 16 22h 58m 01s -04° 36’ 48” 35.56 Aquarius
2018 Dec 17 22h 58m 23s -04° 36’ 09” 35.57 Aquarius
2018 Dec 18 22h 58m 42s -04° 35’ 25” 35.57 Aquarius
2018 Dec 19 22h 59m 04s -04° 34’ 36” 35.58 Aquarius
2018 Dec 20 22h 59m 26s -04° 33’ 43” 35.58 Aquarius
2018 Dec 21 22h 59m 48s -04° 32’ 47” 35.59 Aquarius

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 2075

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 2075

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 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.