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Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet P/2017 P1 (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/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) in Aquarius on January, 24 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
21h 47m 42s
-06° 41’ 04”
 = 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/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 96.7°
Max altitude: 31.8°
Azimuth: 263.3°

Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet P/2017 P1 (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/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet P/2017 P1 (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/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Jan 17 21.48 21h 41m 48s -07° 07’ 15” Aquarius
2018 Jan 18 21.48 21h 42m 38s -07° 03’ 38” Aquarius
2018 Jan 19 21.49 21h 43m 28s -06° 59’ 58” Aquarius
2018 Jan 20 21.49 21h 44m 18s -06° 56’ 16” Aquarius
2018 Jan 21 21.49 21h 45m 10s -06° 52’ 32” Aquarius
2018 Jan 22 21.49 21h 46m 00s -06° 48’ 44” Aquarius
2018 Jan 23 21.49 21h 46m 50s -06° 44’ 56” Aquarius
2018 Jan 24 21.49 21h 47m 42s -06° 41’ 04” Aquarius
2018 Jan 25 21.50 21h 48m 33s -06° 37’ 10” Aquarius
2018 Jan 26 21.50 21h 49m 23s -06° 33’ 15” Aquarius
2018 Jan 27 21.50 21h 50m 14s -06° 29’ 18” Aquarius
2018 Jan 28 21.50 21h 51m 06s -06° 25’ 18” Aquarius
2018 Jan 29 21.50 21h 51m 56s -06° 21’ 18” Aquarius
2018 Jan 30 21.50 21h 52m 47s -06° 17’ 13” Aquarius

Distance of Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet P/2017 P1 (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/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet P/2017 P1 (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/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 10 August 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457976.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.30881181
Orbit inclination i 7.70134424°
Perihelion distance q 5.43665291 AU
813,311,700 km
Aphelion distance Q 10.29467167 AU
1,540,060,965 km
Semi-major axis a 7.86566229 AU
1,176,686,332 km
Orbital period period 22.0600 years
8,057.5196 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Jun-18 15:24:03
2,458,288.1417 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 122.30183906493°
Longitude of the ascending node node 221.38153001661°
Mean anomaly M 346.07623461244°
Mean motion n 0.04467876°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2040-Sep-07
Distance of closest approach* 4.44364841 AU
664,760,342 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.