The comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS)
From Ashburn (click to change), C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:06 (EST) – 3 hours and 49 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 29° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 05:50.
Name C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS)
Object Type Comet
|Brightness (V):||Mag 12.4|
|Semi-major axis:||2426.43 AU|
|Longitude ascending node:||92.20°|
|Argument of perihelion:||209.83°|
|Epoch of elements:||11 February 2018|
|Mean Anomaly at epoch:||360.00°|
|Orbital period:||119523.05 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 30 November 2017. 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.