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Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS)

Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) is currently in the constellation of Aries. The current Right Ascension of Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) is 03h 09m 20s and the Declination is +15° 20’ 22” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) is 21.86 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

03h 09m 20s
+15° 20’ 22”

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Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet P/2017 P1 (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/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) in Aries on January, 25 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) in Aries on January, 25 2021
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/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 03h 09m 20s
Dec: +15° 20’ 22”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth is currently 935,682,255 kilometers, equivalent to 6.254650 Astronomical Units. Light takes 52 minutes and 1.1000 seconds to travel from Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) and arrive to us.

52 minutes and 1.1000 seconds

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

Closest approach of Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) to Earth happens on Fri Sep 7 2040 at a distance of 4.445271 Astronomical Units, or 665,003,071 kilometers:

Fri Sep 7 2040

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

Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) is 21.86.


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/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 2100

Comet P/2017 P1 (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/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 74.7°
Max altitude: 53.9°
Azimuth: 285.3°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet P/2017 P1 (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/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 28 August 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457994.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.30846643
Orbit inclination i 7.70155353°
Perihelion distance q 5.43811667 AU
813,530,677 km
Aphelion distance Q 10.28958459 AU
1,539,299,948 km
Semi-major axis a 7.86385063 AU
1,176,415,313 km
Orbital period period 22.0500 years
8,054.7360 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Jun-18 14:01:01
2,458,288.0840 JD
Next perihelion transit 2040-Jul-07 07:40
2,466,342.8200 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 122.27098043237°
Longitude of the ascending node node 221.39384419489°
Mean anomaly M 346.8784955589°
Mean motion n 0.04469420°/day

Visualization of Comet P/2017 P1 (PANSTARRS) Orbit

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) 15 Days 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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Jan 18 03h 08m 50s +15° 19’ 35” 21.81 Aries
2021 Jan 19 03h 08m 53s +15° 19’ 32” 21.82 Aries
2021 Jan 20 03h 08m 56s +15° 19’ 35” 21.82 Aries
2021 Jan 21 03h 08m 58s +15° 19’ 37” 21.83 Aries
2021 Jan 22 03h 09m 02s +15° 19’ 45” 21.84 Aries
2021 Jan 23 03h 09m 07s +15° 19’ 54” 21.84 Aries
2021 Jan 24 03h 09m 12s +15° 20’ 06” 21.85 Aries
2021 Jan 25 03h 09m 19s +15° 20’ 21” 21.86 Aries
2021 Jan 26 03h 09m 25s +15° 20’ 38” 21.86 Aries
2021 Jan 27 03h 09m 33s +15° 20’ 57” 21.87 Aries
2021 Jan 28 03h 09m 39s +15° 21’ 20” 21.88 Aries
2021 Jan 29 03h 09m 48s +15° 21’ 45” 21.88 Aries
2021 Jan 30 03h 09m 57s +15° 22’ 13” 21.89 Aries
2021 Jan 31 03h 10m 06s +15° 22’ 41” 21.90 Aries