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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 January, 24 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
22h 10m 44s
-04° 41’ 18”
35.31
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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 local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 94.7°
Max altitude: 33.8°
Azimuth: 265.3°

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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Jan 17 35.26 22h 05m 09s -05° 01’ 50” Aquarius
2018 Jan 18 35.27 22h 05m 57s -04° 59’ 03” Aquarius
2018 Jan 19 35.28 22h 06m 43s -04° 56’ 12” Aquarius
2018 Jan 20 35.28 22h 07m 32s -04° 53’ 18” Aquarius
2018 Jan 21 35.29 22h 08m 20s -04° 50’ 22” Aquarius
2018 Jan 22 35.30 22h 09m 07s -04° 47’ 24” Aquarius
2018 Jan 23 35.31 22h 09m 56s -04° 44’ 22” Aquarius
2018 Jan 24 35.31 22h 10m 44s -04° 41’ 18” Aquarius
2018 Jan 25 35.32 22h 11m 31s -04° 38’ 12” Aquarius
2018 Jan 26 35.33 22h 12m 20s -04° 35’ 04” Aquarius
2018 Jan 27 35.34 22h 13m 09s -04° 31’ 54” Aquarius
2018 Jan 28 35.34 22h 13m 58s -04° 28’ 41” Aquarius
2018 Jan 29 35.35 22h 14m 47s -04° 25’ 26” Aquarius
2018 Jan 30 35.36 22h 15m 34s -04° 22’ 08” 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.