The comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)

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From Ashburn (click to change), C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 00:50, when it rises 24° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 04:37, 50° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 06:21, 44° above your south-western horizon.

Name C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Brightness (V):Mag 10.3
Right Ascension:05h34m
Source for position: Computed using orbital elements from Minor Planet Centre
Orbital Elements
Semi-major axis:748.43 AU
Longitude ascending node:80.57°
Argument of perihelion:33.19°
Epoch of elements:03 September 2017
Mean Anomaly at epoch:359.99°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:2.60 AU
Aphelion:1494.27 AU
Orbital period:20475.34 years
Additional sources
Magnitudes estimates are derived from observations sent into the BAA Comet Section, as compiled by Jonathan Shanklin and last updated on 30 August 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.




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