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Ephemeris for Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS)

Below is an all-sky finder chart for C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS), available in either light-on-dark or dark-on-light color schemes. Click on the finder chart to enlarge it, or click on the PDF link in the bottom-right corner to view it at the highest resolution.

The planetarium view shows how the path of the comet will appear relative to the horizon from Washington. Use the time entry form at the top to show where the horizon will be on any particular day of the year.

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Current position

Comet nameMagRADecConstellationSeparation
from Sun
Trend
C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS)9.115h06m10s +42°59'55" Bootes123°
Brightening
(peak at mag 5.9 on 14 Oct 2014)

Week-by-week ephemeris

Below is an ephemeris for C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS), based on the latest orbital elements published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC) and updated daily. The future positions of comets are typically known with a high degree of confidence, but their brightnesses are often much more unpredictable, since it is impossible to predict with certainty how they will respond as they move closer to the Sun. Magnitude estimates should be assumed to be highly provisional more than a few weeks in advance.

You are welcome to reproduce the data below for non-profit purposes, providing you credit In-The-Sky.org.

It is also available in CSV (i.e. spreadsheet) and plain text format for easy pasting into other programs.

DATERIGHT ASCENSDECLINATIONapproxsolarsolarearthCONSTELLATION
YearMthDayhourminsecdegminsecmag.separatndistancedistance
(deg)(AU)(AU)
20140408153816+382331 9.40 122.45 2.381 1.689Corona Borealis
20140415151046+422646 9.12 123.25 2.299 1.590Bootes
20140422143501+460115 8.87 121.35 2.216 1.520Bootes
20140501133818+490041 8.59 114.97 2.109 1.476Ursa Major
20140508125036+493405 8.41 107.70 2.027 1.477Canes Venatici
20140515120545+483435 8.28 99.26 1.944 1.506Ursa Major
20140522112740+462527 8.16 90.34 1.862 1.557Ursa Major
20140601104643+421719 8.01 77.57 1.745 1.656Ursa Major
20140608102608+390932 7.91 68.90 1.665 1.735Leo Minor
20140615101030+360414 7.80 60.52 1.586 1.817Leo Minor
20140622095833+330632 7.68 52.43 1.509 1.896Leo Minor
20140701094659+293129 7.50 42.37 1.414 1.988Leo
20140708094002+265359 7.34 34.76 1.344 2.048Leo
20140715093416+242319 7.17 27.28 1.279 2.094Leo
20140722092918+215722 7.00 19.87 1.219 2.125Leo
20140801092300+183232 6.74 9.34 1.147 2.136Leo
20140808091850+160813 6.57 1.97 1.107 2.120Cancer
20140815091440+133952 6.42 5.47 1.078 2.082Cancer
20140822091023+110402 6.29 12.96 1.061 2.023Cancer
20140901090345+070003 6.14 23.82 1.059 1.901Cancer
20140908085828+034639 6.08 31.60 1.073 1.793Hydra
20140915085219+000557 6.03 39.56 1.100 1.669Hydra
20140922084450-041228 5.99 47.81 1.137 1.534Hydra
20141001083151-110250 5.94 58.98 1.199 1.353Hydra
20141008081721-174419 5.92 68.24 1.256 1.216Puppis
20141015075615-255441 5.90 78.02 1.319 1.095Puppis
20141022072401-352859 5.93 87.95 1.388 1.003Puppis
20141101060357-491337 6.13 100.12 1.492 0.953Puppis
20141108043813-551628 6.43 104.81 1.569 0.989Dorado
20141115030719-561113 6.83 105.42 1.647 1.080Horologium
20141122015736-532309 7.30 102.77 1.727 1.215Eridanus
20141201010339-480335 7.91 96.71 1.832 1.433Phoenix
20141208003947-440209 8.37 91.07 1.914 1.623Phoenix
20141215002504-402821 8.81 85.15 1.997 1.822Phoenix
20141222001605-372306 9.21 79.16 2.079 2.026Sculptor
20150101000924-334058 9.74 70.67 2.198 2.318Sculptor
20150108000730-312938 10.09 64.82 2.280 2.518Sculptor
20150115000708-293407 10.40 59.08 2.363 2.712Sculptor
20150122000752-275142 10.69 53.46 2.445 2.899Sculptor
Ephemeris computed by Dominic Ford, 16 April 2014.
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Predictions are updated daily, based upon the latest orbital elements available from the Minor Planet Center (MPC).