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Asteroid 249516 Aretha

Asteroid 249516 Aretha is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 249516 Aretha is 14h 25m 05s and the Declination is -02° 51’ 06” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 249516 Aretha is 21.57 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid 249516 Aretha [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

14h 25m 05s
-02° 51’ 06”
  • 249516 Aretha is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West-South-West direction at an altitude of 16° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 249516 Aretha is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 249516 Aretha rise and set times.
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Asteroid 249516 Aretha Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid 249516 Aretha finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Map showing Asteroid 249516 Aretha in Virgo on January, 24 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 249516 Aretha in Virgo on January, 24 2021
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Asteroid 249516 Aretha is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

249516 Aretha
RA: 14h 25m 05s
Dec: -02° 51’ 06”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 249516 Aretha
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Asteroid 249516 Aretha?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid 249516 Aretha in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid 249516 Aretha Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 249516 Aretha from Earth is currently 441,754,129 kilometers, equivalent to 2.952944 Astronomical Units. Light takes 24 minutes and 33.5332 seconds to travel from Asteroid 249516 Aretha and arrive to us.

24 minutes and 33.5332 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 249516 Aretha from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Distance of Asteroid 249516 Aretha from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 249516 Aretha from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Asteroid 249516 Aretha to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Asteroid 249516 Aretha to Earth happens on Mon Jan 27 2020 at a distance of 2.012692 Astronomical Units, or 301,094,451 kilometers:

Mon Jan 27 2020

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Asteroid 249516 Aretha brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid 249516 Aretha is 21.57.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 249516 Aretha, 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 249516 Aretha between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid 249516 Aretha rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Asteroid 249516 Aretha rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 92.8°
Max altitude: 35.7°
Azimuth: 267.1°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid 249516 Aretha touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Asteroid 249516 Aretha Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 249516 Aretha at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.05468834
Orbit inclination i 10.41380159°
Perihelion distance q 2.99267609 AU
447,697,972 km
Aphelion distance Q 3.33894179 AU
499,498,582 km
Semi-major axis a 3.16580894 AU
473,598,277 km
Orbital period period 5.6300 years
2,057.4319 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Jan-12 19:34:39
2,458,861.3157 JD
Next perihelion transit 2025-Aug-31 05:56
2,460,918.7477 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 22.516202437984°
Longitude of the ascending node node 101.56569591565°
Mean anomaly M 24.353824495636°
Mean motion n 0.17497541°/day

Visualization of Asteroid 249516 Aretha Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 249516 Aretha with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 249516 Aretha 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 249516 Aretha
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Asteroid 249516 Aretha 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 249516 Aretha computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 249516 Aretha in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Jan 17 14h 19m 05s -02° 42’ 29” 21.63 Virgo
2021 Jan 18 14h 19m 55s -02° 43’ 59” 21.62 Virgo
2021 Jan 19 14h 20m 47s -02° 45’ 23” 21.61 Virgo
2021 Jan 20 14h 21m 35s -02° 46’ 40” 21.60 Virgo
2021 Jan 21 14h 22m 24s -02° 47’ 50” 21.59 Virgo
2021 Jan 22 14h 23m 12s -02° 48’ 55” 21.59 Virgo
2021 Jan 23 14h 24m 00s -02° 49’ 53” 21.58 Virgo
2021 Jan 24 14h 24m 46s -02° 50’ 44” 21.57 Virgo
2021 Jan 25 14h 25m 32s -02° 51’ 29” 21.56 Virgo
2021 Jan 26 14h 26m 16s -02° 52’ 06” 21.55 Virgo
2021 Jan 27 14h 26m 59s -02° 52’ 38” 21.54 Virgo
2021 Jan 28 14h 27m 42s -02° 53’ 04” 21.53 Virgo
2021 Jan 29 14h 28m 23s -02° 53’ 24” 21.52 Virgo
2021 Jan 30 14h 29m 04s -02° 53’ 36” 21.51 Virgo