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KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule)

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KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.

More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) in Sagittarius on July, 20 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
19h 05m 30s
-20° 33’ 25”
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) Rise and Set Times

Today's KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 110.6°
Max altitude: 18.0°
Azimuth: 249.4°

KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) and the planets along their orbits in this diagram accurately represents the current configuration of the objects in the Solar System. This is an experimental feature and it requires a WebGL enabled browser. Please provide us feedback!

Orbit Diagram of KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule)
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KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Jul 13 27.45 19h 06m 05s -20° 32’ 26” Sagittarius
2018 Jul 14 27.45 19h 06m 00s -20° 32’ 35” Sagittarius
2018 Jul 15 27.46 19h 05m 54s -20° 32’ 43” Sagittarius
2018 Jul 16 27.46 19h 05m 49s -20° 32’ 52” Sagittarius
2018 Jul 17 27.47 19h 05m 45s -20° 33’ 00” Sagittarius
2018 Jul 18 27.47 19h 05m 40s -20° 33’ 08” Sagittarius
2018 Jul 19 27.47 19h 05m 35s -20° 33’ 16” Sagittarius
2018 Jul 20 27.48 19h 05m 30s -20° 33’ 25” Sagittarius
2018 Jul 21 27.48 19h 05m 26s -20° 33’ 33” Sagittarius
2018 Jul 22 27.49 19h 05m 21s -20° 33’ 42” Sagittarius
2018 Jul 23 27.49 19h 05m 17s -20° 33’ 51” Sagittarius
2018 Jul 24 27.49 19h 05m 12s -20° 34’ 00” Sagittarius
2018 Jul 25 27.50 19h 05m 07s -20° 34’ 08” Sagittarius
2018 Jul 26 27.50 19h 05m 03s -20° 34’ 17” Sagittarius

Distance of KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval.

The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule)

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule), according to the most recent ephemerides data. Magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval and there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. For comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of their highly dynamic behaviour.

Predicted magnitude of KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) between January 2013 and December 2075

KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) at epoch 22 March 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458200.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.04815194
Orbit inclination i 2.45143223°
Perihelion distance q 42.37855380 AU
6,339,741,425 km
Aphelion distance Q 46.66623329 AU
6,981,169,148 km
Semi-major axis a 44.52239355 AU
6,660,455,286 km
Orbital period period 297.0800 years
108,509.1054 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2060-Dec-28 21:53:01
2,473,822.4118 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 182.48374536841°
Longitude of the ascending node node 158.99817571733°
Mean anomaly M 308.17127802404°
Mean motion n 0.00331769°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2064-Sep-08
Distance of closest approach* 41.17335998 AU
6,159,446,996 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.