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Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS)

Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Eridanus. The current Right Ascension of Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) is 03h 42m 52s and the Declination is -01° 49’ 17” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) is 29.04 (JPL).

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03h 42m 52s
-01° 49’ 17”

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Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet P/2016 BA14 (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.

Map showing Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) in Eridanus on October, 27 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) in Eridanus on October, 27 2020
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 03h 42m 52s
Dec: -01° 49’ 17”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 269,648,299 kilometers, equivalent to 1.802488 Astronomical Units. Light takes 14 minutes and 59.4499 seconds to travel from Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

14 minutes and 59.4499 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet P/2016 BA14 (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.

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

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 P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Wed Mar 23 2016 at a distance of 0.023839 Astronomical Units, or 3,566,261 kilometers:

Wed Mar 23 2016

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

Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) is 29.04.


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 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) rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

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

Azimuth: 91.9°
Max altitude: 36.8°
Azimuth: 268.2°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet P/2016 BA14 (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 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

Visualization of Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) Orbit

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) 15 Days 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
2020 Oct 20 03h 48m 11s -00° 25’ 04” 29.27 Eridanus
2020 Oct 21 03h 47m 34s -00° 36’ 20” 29.24 Eridanus
2020 Oct 22 03h 46m 54s -00° 47’ 38” 29.21 Eridanus
2020 Oct 23 03h 46m 13s -00° 58’ 59” 29.18 Eridanus
2020 Oct 24 03h 45m 29s -01° 10’ 22” 29.14 Eridanus
2020 Oct 25 03h 44m 45s -01° 21’ 47” 29.11 Eridanus
2020 Oct 26 03h 43m 59s -01° 33’ 12” 29.08 Eridanus
2020 Oct 27 03h 43m 12s -01° 44’ 39” 29.05 Eridanus
2020 Oct 28 03h 42m 24s -01° 56’ 06” 29.02 Eridanus
2020 Oct 29 03h 41m 32s -02° 07’ 32” 28.98 Eridanus
2020 Oct 30 03h 40m 41s -02° 18’ 57” 28.95 Eridanus
2020 Oct 31 03h 39m 48s -02° 30’ 23” 28.92 Eridanus
2020 Nov 01 03h 38m 53s -02° 41’ 44” 28.89 Eridanus
2020 Nov 02 03h 37m 59s -02° 53’ 05” 28.86 Eridanus