The comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS)

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From Ashburn (click to change), C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) will become visible at around 21:43 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 37° above your north-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 6 hours and 1 minute after the Sun at 02:27.

Name C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS)
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Constellation:Ursa Major
Magnitude:13.77 (V)[1]
Right Ascension:11h45m [1]
Declination:+43°50' [1]
Orbital Elements[1]
Semi-major axis:57380.80 AU
Longitude ascending node:299.86°
Argument of perihelion:89.61°
Epoch of elements:17 July 2018
Mean Anomaly at epoch:0.00°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:3.73 AU
Aphelion:114757.87 AU
Orbital period:13745163.12 years
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Magnitudes estimates are derived from observations sent into the BAA Comet Section, as compiled by Jonathan Shanklin and last updated on 1 June 2018. We use these amateur observations in preference to the MPC's magnitude estimates, since they are updated much more often. Nonetheless, all comets are intrinsically unpredictable objects, and future magnitude estimates must always be taken with a pinch of salt.




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