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C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) reaches its brightest

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) is forecast to reach its brightest. It will lie at a distance of 2.27 AU from the Sun, and at a distance of 1.30 AU from the Earth.

From Fairfield however, it will not be readily observable since it will lie so far south that it will never rise more than 3° above the horizon.

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The chart below shows the path of C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) over the course of its apparition, as calculated from the orbital elements published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC).

The chart is available for download, either on dark background, in PNG, PDF or SVG formats, or on a light background, in PNG, PDF or SVG formats. It was produced using StarCharter.

Alternatively, you can create a textual listing of the comet's position using In-The-Sky.org's ephemeris generator.

Comets are intrinsically highly unpredictable objects, since their brightness depends on the scattering of sunlight from dust particles in the comet's coma and tail. This dust is continually streaming away from the comet's nucleus, and its density at any particular time is governed by the rate of sublimation of the ice in the comet's nucleus, as it is heated by the Sun's rays. It also depends on the amount of dust that is mixed in with that ice. This is very difficult to predict in advance, and can be highly variable even between successive apparitions of the same comet.

In consequence, while the future positions of comets are usually known with a high degree of confidence, their future brightnesses are not. For most comets, we do not publish any magnitude estimates at all. For the few comets where we do make estimates, we generally prefer the BAA's magnitude parameters to those published by the Minor Planet Center, since they are typically updated more often.

Based on the magnitude parameters published for this comet by the BAA Comet Section, we estimate that it may be around mag 9 on 29 June 2018. This estimate is based on observations that the BAA has received from amateur astronomers, assuming that its current level of activity will remain constant.

This comet is not expected to be visible to the naked eye, but might be visible through bird-watching binoculars.

The comet's position on 29 June 2018 will be:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude
Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 17h48m20s -45°22' Scorpius 8.6

The coordinates are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 29 June 2018
Sunrise
05:23
Sunset
20:29
Twilight ends
22:37
Twilight begins
03:15

16-day old moon
Waning Gibbous

98%

16 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:11 14:35 21:59
Venus 08:41 15:47 22:53
Moon 21:41 01:44 06:30
Mars 22:34 03:15 07:53
Jupiter 15:56 21:06 02:20
Saturn 20:06 00:49 05:27
All times shown in EDT.

Source

This event was automatically generated on the basis of orbital elements published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC) , and is updated whenever new elements become available. It was last updated on 31 May 2020.

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Fairfield

Latitude:
Longitude:
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41.14°N
73.26°W
EDT

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