The comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS)

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From Ashburn (click to change), C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) will become visible at around 21:38 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 38° above your north-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 7 hours and 6 minutes after the Sun at 03:26.

Name C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS)
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Magnitude:12.17 (V)[1]
Right Ascension:07h54m [1]
Declination:+48°24' [1]
Orbital Elements[1]
Semi-major axis:2064.26 AU
Longitude ascending node:298.98°
Argument of perihelion:162.81°
Epoch of elements:05 May 2018
Mean Anomaly at epoch:360.00°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:2.67 AU
Aphelion:4125.85 AU
Orbital period:93787.85 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.




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