Comet P/2016 J3 (STEREO = 2021 A3)
The current Right Ascension of Comet P/2016 J3 (STEREO = 2021 A3) is 19h 03m 27s and the Declination is -10° 17’ 27” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom ). The current estimated magnitude of Comet P/2016 J3 (STEREO = 2021 A3) is 34.92 (JPL).
The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted 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.
- P/2016 J3 (STEREO) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- Given its current magnitude, P/2016 J3 (STEREO) is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Comet P/2016 J3 (STEREO = 2021 A3) Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Comet P/2016 J3 (STEREO = 2021 A3) 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.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet P/2016 J3 (STEREO = 2021 A3) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
Also check out Where is Comet P/2016 J3 (STEREO = 2021 A3)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet P/2016 J3 (STEREO = 2021 A3) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Comet P/2016 J3 (STEREO = 2021 A3) Distance from Earth
The distance of Comet P/2016 J3 (STEREO = 2021 A3) from Earth is currently 840,004,056 kilometers, equivalent to 5.615080 Astronomical Units. Light takes 46 minutes and 41.9519 seconds to travel from Comet P/2016 J3 (STEREO = 2021 A3) and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Comet P/2016 J3 (STEREO = 2021 A3) 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.
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 J3 (STEREO) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest Approach of Comet P/2016 J3 (STEREO = 2021 A3) to Earth
Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet P/2016 J3 (STEREO = 2021 A3) to Earth happens on Thu Nov 17 2072 at a distance of 0.350467 Astronomical Units, or 52,429,088 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet P/2016 J3 (STEREO = 2021 A3) Brightness and Light Curve
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet P/2016 J3 (STEREO = 2021 A3), 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.
Comet P/2016 J3 (STEREO = 2021 A3) Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||0.52636420 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2021-Jan-25 09:16:09
|Next perihelion transit||2025-Sep-28 08:15
|Argument of perihelion||peri||210.73647687976°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||257.78860525607°|
Visualization of Comet P/2016 J3 (STEREO = 2021 A3) Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet P/2016 J3 (STEREO = 2021 A3) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet P/2016 J3 (STEREO = 2021 A3) 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!
Comet P/2016 J3 (STEREO = 2021 A3) 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet P/2016 J3 (STEREO = 2021 A3) 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 J3 (STEREO = 2021 A3) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2023 Nov 23||18h 58m 09s||-10° 19’ 39”||34.92||Scutum|
|2023 Nov 24||18h 58m 48s||-10° 19’ 32”||34.92||Scutum|
|2023 Nov 25||18h 59m 27s||-10° 19’ 20”||34.92||Aquila|
|2023 Nov 26||19h 00m 07s||-10° 19’ 09”||34.92||Aquila|
|2023 Nov 27||19h 00m 47s||-10° 18’ 52”||34.92||Aquila|
|2023 Nov 28||19h 01m 28s||-10° 18’ 33”||34.92||Aquila|
|2023 Nov 29||19h 02m 09s||-10° 18’ 12”||34.92||Aquila|
|2023 Nov 30||19h 02m 52s||-10° 17’ 48”||34.92||Aquila|
|2023 Dec 01||19h 03m 33s||-10° 17’ 21”||34.92||Aquila|
|2023 Dec 02||19h 04m 15s||-10° 16’ 51”||34.92||Aquila|
|2023 Dec 03||19h 04m 58s||-10° 16’ 19”||34.92||Aquila|
|2023 Dec 04||19h 05m 40s||-10° 15’ 43”||34.92||Aquila|
|2023 Dec 05||19h 06m 24s||-10° 15’ 06”||34.92||Aquila|
|2023 Dec 06||19h 07m 06s||-10° 14’ 24”||34.92||Aquila|