The comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS)
From Ashburn (click to change), C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 23:35 (EDT) – 6 hours and 15 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 32° above the southern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 04:33.
Name C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS)
Object Type Comet
|Right Ascension:||19h29m |
|Semi-major axis:||2558.41 AU|
|Longitude ascending node:||92.20°|
|Argument of perihelion:||209.83°|
|Epoch of elements:||05 May 2018|
|Mean Anomaly at epoch:||360.00°|
|Orbital period:||129406.24 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 2 May 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.