The comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)

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From Ashburn (click to change), C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 18:20 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 58° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 20:14, 70° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 01:11, when it sinks to 25° above your western horizon.

Name C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Brightness (V):Mag 11.5
Right Ascension:04h06m
Source for position: Computed using orbital elements from Minor Planet Centre
Orbital Elements
Semi-major axis:729.35 AU
Longitude ascending node:80.57°
Argument of perihelion:33.19°
Epoch of elements:17 January 2018
Mean Anomaly at epoch:359.99°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:2.60 AU
Aphelion:1456.11 AU
Orbital period:19697.34 years
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The path traced across the sky by C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)
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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 9 January 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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