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Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) Position

Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Cetus. The current Right Ascension is 00h 49m 01s and the Declination is -00° 30’ 26”.

00h 49m 01s
-00° 30’ 26”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) in Cetus on February, 24 2020
Field of view: 60x30 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 showing where Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 00h 49m 01s
Dec: -00° 30’ 26”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) Distance

The distance of Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 724,827,587 kilometers, equivalent to 4.845173 Astronomical Units. Light takes 40 minutes and 17.7646 seconds to travel from Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

40 minutes and 17.7646 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 0.02383898 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 34.02.


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: 90.5°
Max altitude: 38.0°
Azimuth: 269.5°
Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

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 Feb 17 00h 43m 13s -01° 03’ 51” 34.05 Cetus
2020 Feb 18 00h 43m 59s -00° 59’ 22” 34.04 Cetus
2020 Feb 19 00h 44m 44s -00° 54’ 54” 34.04 Cetus
2020 Feb 20 00h 45m 33s -00° 50’ 22” 34.04 Cetus
2020 Feb 21 00h 46m 19s -00° 45’ 50” 34.03 Cetus
2020 Feb 22 00h 47m 08s -00° 41’ 16” 34.03 Cetus
2020 Feb 23 00h 47m 56s -00° 36’ 39” 34.02 Cetus
2020 Feb 24 00h 48m 44s -00° 32’ 02” 34.02 Cetus
2020 Feb 25 00h 49m 33s -00° 27’ 23” 34.02 Cetus
2020 Feb 26 00h 50m 22s -00° 22’ 41” 34.01 Cetus
2020 Feb 27 00h 51m 12s -00° 18’ 01” 34.01 Cetus
2020 Feb 28 00h 52m 03s -00° 13’ 18” 34.00 Cetus
2020 Feb 29 00h 52m 53s -00° 08’ 32” 34.00 Cetus
2020 Mar 01 00h 53m 44s -00° 03’ 47” 33.99 Cetus