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

C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) reaches its brightest

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 (4 days ago)

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) is forecast to reach its brightest, at around mag 11.7. It will lie at a distance of 2.84 AU from the Sun, and at a distance of 2.77 AU from the Earth.

From Ashburn (click to change), it will be visible all night because it is circumpolar. It will be highest in the sky at dusk, becoming accessible at around 20:48 (EDT), 60° above your northern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 05:24, 19° above your northern horizon.

For more information about its path across the sky, see In-The-Sky.org's ephemeris page for comet C/2016 N6 (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, 18 Apr 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/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS)

The exact position of comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) will be:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude
Comet C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) 07h59m20s +67°08' Camelopardalis 11.7

The coordinates are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 15 April 2018
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29-day old moon
Waning Crescent


29 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:45 11:52 17:59
Venus 07:37 14:39 21:42
Moon 06:44 12:57 19:11
Mars 02:01 06:43 11:25
Jupiter 21:40 02:51 07:58
Saturn 01:28 06:14 11:00
All times shown in EDT.


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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