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Asteroid 2016 WF9

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Asteroid 2016 WF9 Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Asteroid 2016 WF9 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.

Asteroid 2016 WF9 in Serpens on February, 24 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
18h 00m 37s
-12° 45’ 12”
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Asteroid 2016 WF9 Rise and Set Times

Today's Asteroid 2016 WF9 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 102.8°
Max altitude: 25.8°
Azimuth: 257.2°

Asteroid 2016 WF9 Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 2016 WF9 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 2016 WF9 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 Asteroid 2016 WF9
View Asteroid 2016 WF9 in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Asteroid 2016 WF9 Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 2016 WF9 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 2016 WF9 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Feb 17 26.86 17h 55m 13s -12° 54’ 56” Serpens
2018 Feb 18 26.86 17h 56m 02s -12° 53’ 39” Serpens
2018 Feb 19 26.86 17h 56m 48s -12° 52’ 21” Serpens
2018 Feb 20 26.86 17h 57m 36s -12° 50’ 59” Serpens
2018 Feb 21 26.86 17h 58m 23s -12° 49’ 36” Serpens
2018 Feb 22 26.87 17h 59m 08s -12° 48’ 11” Serpens
2018 Feb 23 26.87 17h 59m 53s -12° 46’ 42” Serpens
2018 Feb 24 26.87 18h 00m 37s -12° 45’ 12” Serpens
2018 Feb 25 26.87 18h 01m 19s -12° 43’ 41” Serpens
2018 Feb 26 26.87 18h 02m 02s -12° 42’ 06” Serpens
2018 Feb 27 26.87 18h 02m 44s -12° 40’ 31” Serpens
2018 Feb 28 26.87 18h 03m 24s -12° 38’ 53” Serpens
2018 Mar 01 26.87 18h 04m 05s -12° 37’ 13” Serpens
2018 Mar 02 26.87 18h 04m 44s -12° 35’ 31” Serpens

Distance of Asteroid 2016 WF9 from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 2016 WF9 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 2016 WF9 is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Asteroid 2016 WF9 from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Asteroid 2016 WF9

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 2016 WF9, 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 Asteroid 2016 WF9 between January 2013 and December 2075

Asteroid 2016 WF9 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 2016 WF9 at epoch 03 September 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.65816940
Orbit inclination i 14.99538188°
Perihelion distance q 0.98156126 AU
146,839,474 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.76140774 AU
712,296,460 km
Semi-major axis a 2.87148450 AU
429,567,967 km
Orbital period period 4.8700 years
1,777.2894 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Feb-01 04:32:11
2,457,785.6890 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Dec-14 11:28
2,459,562.9784 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 342.44798283226°
Longitude of the ascending node node 125.40875734284°
Mean anomaly M 43.511177682666°
Mean motion n 0.20255565°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2045-Dec-30
Distance of closest approach* 0.14189527 AU
21,227,231 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.