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Comet P/2017 R1 (PANSTARRS)

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Comet P/2017 R1 (PANSTARRS) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet P/2017 R1 (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 R1 (PANSTARRS) in Pisces on January, 24 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
23h 56m 48s
-02° 10’ 46”
 = 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 R1 (PANSTARRS) Rise and Set Times

Today's Comet P/2017 R1 (PANSTARRS) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 92.2°
Max altitude: 36.3°
Azimuth: 267.8°

Comet P/2017 R1 (PANSTARRS) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet P/2017 R1 (PANSTARRS) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet P/2017 R1 (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 R1 (PANSTARRS)
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Comet P/2017 R1 (PANSTARRS) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet P/2017 R1 (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 R1 (PANSTARRS) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Jan 17 22.23 23h 49m 41s -02° 57’ 23” Pisces
2018 Jan 18 22.24 23h 50m 40s -02° 50’ 51” Pisces
2018 Jan 19 22.25 23h 51m 42s -02° 44’ 16” Pisces
2018 Jan 20 22.25 23h 52m 41s -02° 37’ 38” Pisces
2018 Jan 21 22.26 23h 53m 43s -02° 30’ 59” Pisces
2018 Jan 22 22.27 23h 54m 43s -02° 24’ 16” Pisces
2018 Jan 23 22.28 23h 55m 45s -02° 17’ 32” Pisces
2018 Jan 24 22.29 23h 56m 48s -02° 10’ 46” Pisces
2018 Jan 25 22.30 23h 57m 51s -02° 03’ 57” Pisces
2018 Jan 26 22.31 23h 58m 53s -01° 57’ 06” Pisces
2018 Jan 27 22.32 23h 59m 56s -01° 50’ 13” Pisces
2018 Jan 28 22.33 00h 01m 00s -01° 43’ 18” Pisces
2018 Jan 29 22.33 00h 02m 03s -01° 36’ 21” Pisces
2018 Jan 30 22.34 00h 03m 07s -01° 29’ 22” Pisces

Distance of Comet P/2017 R1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Comet P/2017 R1 (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 R1 (PANSTARRS) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Comet P/2017 R1 (PANSTARRS) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Comet P/2017 R1 (PANSTARRS)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet P/2017 R1 (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 R1 (PANSTARRS) between January 2013 and December 2075

Comet P/2017 R1 (PANSTARRS) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet P/2017 R1 (PANSTARRS) at epoch 06 September 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458003.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.19482324
Orbit inclination i 2.57301616°
Perihelion distance q 3.32718663 AU
497,740,036 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.93730081 AU
738,609,690 km
Semi-major axis a 4.13224372 AU
618,174,863 km
Orbital period period 8.4000 years
3,068.1552 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Apr-08 02:50:57
2,457,851.6187 JD
Next perihelion transit 2025-Sep-01 06:34
2,460,919.7739 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 178.36444641993°
Longitude of the ascending node node 143.64946091726°
Mean anomaly M 17.820892018198°
Mean motion n 0.11733435°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2066-Sep-07
Distance of closest approach* 1.26007221 AU
188,504,119 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.