© Andy Roberts 1997. Pictured comet is C/1995 O1 Hale-Bopp.

C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS) reaches its brightest

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 (337 days ago)

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Comet C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS) is forecast to reach its brightest, at around mag 12.6. It will lie at a distance of 5.01 AU from the Sun, and at a distance of 4.38 AU from the Earth.

From Ashburn (click to change), it will be visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 00:58, when it rises 24° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 03:32, 35° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 05:54, 26° above your south-western horizon.

For more information about its path across the sky, see In-The-Sky.org's ephemeris page for comet C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS).

This event was automatically generated on the basis of orbital elements published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC), and is updated daily (last update, 17 Jan 2018).

Note that the future positions of comets are typically known with a high degree of confidence, but their brightnesses are often much more unpredictable, since it is impossible to predict with certainty how they will respond as they move closer to the Sun. Magnitude estimates should be assumed to be highly provisional more than a few weeks in advance.

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The path traced across the sky by C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS)

The exact position of comet C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS) will be:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude
Comet C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS) 13h04m10s -15°11' Virgo 12.6

The coordinates are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 15 February 2017
Sunrise 07:00
Sunset 17:45
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

18-day old moon
Age of Moon
18 days

All times shown in EST.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:29 11:28 16:27
Venus 08:23 14:48 21:14
Moon 22:47 03:41 09:33
Mars 08:56 15:16 21:35
Jupiter 22:11 03:54 09:32
Saturn 03:21 08:08 12:54


The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.

Image credit

© Andy Roberts 1997. Pictured comet is C/1995 O1 Hale-Bopp.




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