The comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)

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From Ashburn , C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 23:42 (EST) and reaching an altitude of 63° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:50.

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Name C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Magnitude:14.86 (V) [2]
Absolute mag (H):7.80 [2]
Slope parameter (n):1.44 [2]
Right ascension:16h36m [1]
Declination:+15°02' [1]
Distance:6.59 AU
54.81 lightmin [1]
Orbital Elements [1]
Semi-major axis:582.35 AU
Longitude ascending node:80.57°
Argument of perihelion:33.19°
Epoch of elements:21 February 2020
Mean Anomaly at epoch:0.05°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:2.60 AU
Aphelion:1162.09 AU
Orbital period:14053.14 years
Additional sources

Where possible, the brightnesses of comets are estimated from absolute magnitude values computed by the BAA Comet Section, based on the observations they receive. We prefer these to the Minor Planet Center's own magnitude estimates, since the latter are less often updated. Nonetheless, comets are intrinsically unpredictable objects, and magnitude estimates must always be taken with a pinch of salt.




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