The comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)

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From Ashburn (click to change), C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 02:26 (EDT) – 4 hours and 3 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 30° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 05:21.

Name C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Constellation:Orion
Brightness (V):Mag 11.1
Right Ascension:05h19m
Declination:-03°39'
Source for position: Computed using orbital elements from Minor Planet Centre
Orbital Elements
Semi-major axis:750.59 AU
Eccentricity:0.996533
Inclination:58.22°
Longitude ascending node:80.57°
Argument of perihelion:33.19°
Epoch of elements:26 July 2017
Mean Anomaly at epoch:359.99°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:2.60 AU
Aphelion:1498.57 AU
Orbital period:20563.71 years
Additional sources
Magnitudes estimates are derived from observations sent into the BAA Comet Section, as compiled by Jonathan Shanklin and last updated on 2 February 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.

Ashburn

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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