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

C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) at perihelion

Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Comets feed

Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) will make its closest approach to the Sun, at a distance of 2.60 AU.

From Fairfield, it will become visible at around 21:09 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 28° above your north-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 5 hours and 37 minutes after the Sun at 01:30.

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For more information about its path across the sky, see In-The-Sky.org's ephemeris page for comet C/2016 R2 (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, 16 Feb 2019).

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 exact position of comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) will be:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude
Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) 05h31m00s +44°59' Auriga 12.2

The coordinates are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 09 May 2018
Sunrise
05:40
Sunset
19:56
Twilight ends
21:47
Twilight begins
03:49

23-day old moon
Waning Crescent

37%

23 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 04:50 11:16 17:43
Venus 07:14 14:50 22:26
Moon 02:51 08:11 13:32
Mars 01:02 05:41 10:20
Jupiter 19:39 00:49 05:54
Saturn 23:37 04:21 09:01
All times shown in EDT.

Source

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.

Fairfield

Latitude:
Longitude:
Timezone:

41.14°N
73.26°W
EST

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